Volleyball Closes Out Road Slate

Nov. 9, 2017

WASHINGTON - Georgetown University’s volleyball team closes out its road schedule with a pair of BIG EAST matches this weekend. The Hoyas travel to take on Marquette on Friday night before facing DePaul on Sunday afternoon.

Friday’s match is set for a 6 p.m. EST first serve while Sunday’s match will start at 2 p.m. EST. Live stats and video for both matches can be found at www.GUHoyas.com.

The Last Meeting
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Georgetown0
October 15, 2017
McDonough Arena
Hoyas Fall to Visiting Marquette
Georgetown University’s volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-16) to visiting Marquette in BIG EAST action on Sunday afternoon. The Hoyas drop to 7-14 overall and 1-8 in league play.

The Last Meeting
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Georgetown2
October 14, 2017
McDonough Arena
Hoyas Edged by DePaul in Five-Set Thriller
Georgetown University’s volleyball team dropped a hard-fought 3-2 (15-25, 25-18, 25-18, 18-25, 15-11) decision to visiting DePaul in BIG EAST action on Saturday afternoon. The Hoyas fall to 7-13 overall and 1-7 in league play.

Following a tough 0-2 weekend on the Hilltop, Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) was named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll for her efforts. She led the Hoyas in kills in back-to-back matches in a pair of losses to St. John’s and Seton Hall. Opening the weekend with 13 kills while hitting .480 to go with three blocks against the Red Storm, Speech added a career-high 29 kills at a .543 clip to go with nine digs and six blocks in a five-set thriller against the Pirates. Speech continues to pace the Hoyas (7-19, 1-13 BIG EAST) with 3.71 kills per set and is hitting at a league-leading .399 clip. Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) adds 2.69 kps while Aima Eichie (Castle Rock, Colo./Rock Canyon/UC Davis), Olivia King (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) and Riley Wertzberger (Dallas, Texas/Richardson) are all just shy of two kills a frame. Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) paces the offense with 9.32 assists per set.

Defensively, Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) averages 3.80 digs per set and recently moved into sole possession of third place on the career digs list with 1,400. McKnight adds 2.42 dps while Speech, Eichie and Emily Herrington (Gainesville, Fla./St. Francis Catholic) all contribute at least 0.50 blocks per set.

Marquette (18-8, 12-3 BIG EAST) has won three of its last four matches and currently sits in second place in the league standings. Allie Barber leads the Golden Eagles with 4.91 kills per set while three other players average at least two kills a frame. Lauren Speckman paces the offense with 11.96 assists per set.

On the defensive side, Martha Konovodoff anchors the back row with 4.15 digs per set and Jenna Rosenthal averages 1.09 blocks per set at the net.

Last time against MU, the Hoyas dropped a 3-0 decision at home in October. Sinnette led the Hoyas with 11 kills and hit .385 in the match, her third-best hitting percentage as a Hoya. McKnight added 18 assists to move into fourth place all-time at Georgetown. Barber led Marquette with 15 kills and Rosenthal had 10.

DePaul (8-19, 2-13) hosts Villanova on Friday before welcoming the Hoyas to the Windy City on Sunday. The Blue Demons have lost their last seven matches and 12 of their last 13. Brittany Maxwell leads DePaul with 3.37 kills per set while three others chip in at least two kills a frame. Defensively, Haley Bueser hauls is 4.03 digs per set.

Last time against the Blue Demons, Georgetown dropped a tough 3-2 contest in the Nation’s Capital. Speech and McKnight both posted double-doubles in the loss with Speech tallying 20 kills and 10 digs while McKnight notched 35 kills and 10 digs. Maxwell led DePaul with 18 kills while Coffey added 13.

Following the Midwest road swing, Georgetown returns to the friendly confines of McDonough Area next weekend to close out its 2017 season against Providence and DePaul.

 

 

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