Villanova could not overcome a slow start and suffered their first home loss in more than 22 months, losing to Georgetown in a shocking 3-0 (19-25, 21-25, 21-25) sweep.
“We just didn’t practice well the last two days,” said assistant coach Amy Pauly. “I don’t think we took Georgetown lightly, but I don’t think we prepared ourselves as much as we could have.”
The ‘Cats went undefeated at home last season, making this the first loss at Jake Nevin Fieldhouse since November 2014. Despite coming off a 3-0 win against Seton Hall earlier this week, the Wildcats struggled to find their rhythm. They fell behind early in the first set, trailing 18-11 and was unable to put a run together to close the gap.
“I think our biggest focus is just putting everything together,” said Pauly. “We pass well one set and then we can’t hit. Then we hit well one set, but we can’t pass.”
Villanova had an uncharacteristically low hitting percentage, as they only hit a .155 compared to their .258 season average.
After dropping the first and second set, the Cats continued to struggle after intermission, falling behind early after a 4-0 Hoya run.
Later in the set, with the score 20-13, Villanova found a brief spurt of momentum. The Wildcats went on a 5-0 run to make it 20-18. However, Hoyas called a timeout and directly after the break, Villanova stumbled. A botched serve sparked a Georgetown run to pull away and claim the game-winning set.
Outside hitter Allie Loitz tallied a team-high eleven kills while freshman Regan Lough and junior Allie Fitzgerald claimed double-digit digs, totaling 20 and 13 digs, respectively.
“This hurt,” said junior defensive specialist Makenzie Northrup. “I don’t think we took Georgetown seriously enough in how much they improved from last year. We underestimated them and it showed on the court.”
Last season, when the Villanova faced Georgetown, the Wildcats swept the Hoyas in both meetings.
The game marks the Hoyas first Big East win in league play as they improve to 4-11 and 1-1 in the Big East.
Following the game, the Villanova team and staff congregated in the locker room for 20 minutes.
“We have to just put this behind us,” said junior defensive specialist Allie Fitzgerald. “We have a lot of injuries and illnesses going around, but we can’t use them as excuses. We have time until our next game and need to make sure we are fully prepared.”
Villanova falls to 10-6 overall and 1-1 in Big East. The Wildcats will look to get back on track against St. John’s at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Jake Nevin.