WASHINGTON - Georgetown University volleyball’s junior middle blocker Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) has been named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, as announced by the conference on Wednesday. The all-conference postseason teams were voted on by the league’s coaches.
Speech enjoyed her best season as a Hoya in 2017, starting all 30 matches and leading the team in kills (446), kills per set (3.72), hitting percentage (.379), blocks (94) and blocks per set (0.78), all of which are career highs. She also ranked third on the Blue & Gray in service aces (18) and sixth in digs. Her hitting percentage ranked second in the BIG EAST and she was also third in both kills and kills per set. Speech recorded at least 10 kills in 24 of Georgetown’s 30 matches, including 12 matches with at least 15 kills and seven with at least 20. She recorded a career-high 29 kills on Nov. 4 against Seton Hall, and finished the season with 25 kills against then-No. 13 Creighton. On Nov. 10 at Marquette, Speech became the 14th player in GU history to reach 1,000 career kills, accomplishing the feat on her first kill of the third set.
This is Speech’s second career postseason honor, as she was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team following her sophomore season. She was also selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team this season and earned five weekly honor roll nods as a junior, including four-straight selections to end the year. Earlier this season, Speech was also named to the Georgetown Classic and Rice Invitational II All-Tournament teams.
Georgetown finished the 2017 season with an 8-22 overall record and a 2-16 mark in BIG EAST play. The Hoyas return 13 letterwinners, including five starters, in 2018.