WASHINGTON - Georgetown University’s volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 25-21, 25-16) decision on the road at Seton Hall in BIG EAST action on Wednesday night. The Hoyas fall to 7-10 overall and 1-4 in league play.
Three different Hoyas recorded double-digit kills, led by Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) with 14. Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) added 12 while Riley Wertzberger (Dallas, Texas/Richardson) notched 10. Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) paced the offense with 44 assists to go with five kills and five digs.
Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) and Margo Pivonka (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) both had eight digs for the Blue & Gray while Werztberger was credited with a career-high four blocks.
With both teams keeping pace to open the first set, Seton Hall (9-9, 3-2 BIG EAST) took the early advantage in the match behind a 6-1 run to take a 15-9 lead. The Hoyas wouldn’t be able to overcome the deficit en route to a 25-18 Pirate victory in the stanza.
Georgetown flipped the script in the second, going ahead by scores of 7-3 and 13-5 to burn both of SHU’s timeouts. The Pirates would manage to pull within four points, down 15-11, but couldn’t make up enough ground as GU evened the match at 1-1 with the 25-17 set victory. Wertzberger and Speech both tallied four kills in the set while three other Hoyas notched a pair.
The third set was the most competitive of the night, featuring a combined 11 ties and lead changes throughout. Seton Hall took an early 4-1 lead before the Hoyas battled back to knot things up at 4-4 on a solo block from Wertzberger. Tied up at 16-16, the Pirates used a 5-1 run to lead 21-17 and would go ahead 23-19 to force GU’s final timeout. Coming out of the huddle, SHU closed out the frame 25-21 to take a 2-1 overall lead.
Another close start in the fourth saw a 7-7 tie behind a Sinnette kill but Seton Hall would later put together runs of 5-2 and 7-1 to lead 22-14 and put the set out of reach en route to the 25-16 win in the deciding set.
Abby Thelan led Seton Hall with 18 kills while Dominique Mason added 14.
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday as it heads back to the friendly confines of McDonough Arena to host Villanova in BIG EAST play. First serve is set for 6 p.m. on the Hilltop.