WASHINGTON - Georgetown University’s volleyball team battled down to the wire in a 3-2 (20-25, 25-17, 25-17, 18-25, 15-9) setback to visiting Seton Hall in BIG EAST action on Saturday night. The Hoyas fall to 7-19 overall and 1-13 in league play.
Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) led all players with a career-high 29 kills to go with nine digs and six blocks while Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) posted her second-straight double-double with 14 kills and 11 digs. Aima Eichie (Castle Rock, Colo./Rock Canyon/UC Davis) added nine kills and Claire Mihm (Rolling Hills, Calif./Chadwick School) tied a career high with seven kills. Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) paced the offense with a season-high 59 assists.
Defensively, Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) anchored GU’s back row with 15 digs while McKnight chipped in nine. Eichie and McKnight both added three blocks at the net.
In the fifth set, Seton Hall (15-13, 9-6 BIG EAST) took control early in the race to 15, leading 5-2 to force a Georgetown timeout and up 8-5 at the switch. The Hoyas would battle back, pulling within two points, down 10-8, but SHU closed out the match on a 5-1 run to outlast the Blue & Gray.
Speech dominated the opening frame, recording nine of her 29 kills in the set on 13 swings without committing an attack error. McKnight quarterbacked the offense with 16 assists as the Hoyas outhit their guests, .333 to .107. Trading leads early, the Blue & Gray held a tight advantage before the Pirates knotted things up at 18-18. Buckling down behind the strong serving of Higareda, GU scored seven of the next nine points to claim the opening stanza, 25-20.
Neither team was particularly on their game in the second set as both squads hit less than .200 in the frame. Seton Hall led from the opening point and wouldn’t relinquish its lead the rest of the way en route to a 25-17 set victory.
The Pirates put together their best offensive performance in the third set, outhitting Georgetown .519 to .367. Tied early at 7-7, SHU used runs of 8-1 and 5-2 to hold the Hoyas at bay and take the stanza 25-17.
Flipping the script in the fourth, Georgetown blasted the Pirates with 18 kills while hitting at a .455 clip as a team. Speech added another nine kills in the set and McKnight matched her opening-set assists mark with 16. Trading leads over the first few points, Georgetown used an 11-3 run to take a 14-6 lead and force SHU to burn both its timeouts. The Hoyas kept a steady seven-point lead the rest of the way, winning the stanza 25-18 and forcing a deciding fifth set.
Abby Thelan led Seton Hall with 17 kills.
Georgetown returns to action for one last road swing next weekend. The Hoyas travel to Marquette on Friday before wrapping up their road schedule at DePaul on Sunday.