WASHINGTON - Georgetown University volleyball’s junior middle blocker Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) was tabbed All-East Coast Region by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), as announced on Tuesday.
Speech is the first Hoya to garner AVCA All-Region recognition since the 2001 season. An All-BIG EAST First Team selection for the Blue & Gray after a stellar junior campaign, Speech is the sixth Hoya to earn All-Region accolades in program history joining Yulia Vtyurina (2001, 1999), Kiran Gill (1999, 1998), Amy Schweitzer (1999), Melissa Tytko (1998) and Simone Kollman (1991, 1990).
Putting together a dominant season on the court for Georgetown, Speech averaged 3.72 kills per set while hitting at an impressive .379 clip. She recorded her 1,000th career kill against Marquette, becoming just the 14th player in program history to achieve the feat. Defensively, she was credited with 81 blocks on the season for an 0.78 bps average.
Her hitting percentage led 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.
Speech was previously 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 Speech and four other starters, in 2018.