Nov. 15, 2015
WASHINGTON - Senior Lauren Saar (Richland, Mich./Plainwell) became the ninth player in program history to record 1,000 career digs, but the Georgetown University volleyball team dropped its fifth-straight game, 3-1 (25-20, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19), to Xavier University on Sunday afternoon in a BIG EAST Conference match at McDonough Arena.
The Hoyas fall to 10-20 on the season and 4-13 in the BIG EAST, while the Musketeers improve to 16-11 and 12-4 in conference action.
Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) tied for match-high honors with 15 kills. Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) had 12 kills and Saar had her sixth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 12 digs. Somto Egbuonu (Grand Prairie, Texas/South Grand Prairie) had a career-high eight kills, to only one error, for a .467 hitting percentage. Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) led all players in the match with 23 digs and Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) had a match-high 37 assists.
Xavier scored the final five points, breaking a 20-20 tie, to win the first set, 25-20. The Musketeers used a 4-1 run to take a 12-9 lead early on, but the Hoyas fought back, eventually tying the score at 20 on a kill from Saar, who had a team-high four kills in the set. Sinnette and McKnight each contributed three kills and McKnight also had 10 assists. Higareda led the defense with four digs.
Georgetown fell behind early in the second set as Xavier broke a 3-3 tie with an 8-1 run, taking an 11-4 advantage. The Hoyas clawed back to within one, 20-19, forcing a Xavier timeout, but the Musketeers again scored the final five points of the set to win, 25-19. Sinnette led the offense with five kills and Speech added three, while Higareda contributed seven digs and Meghan Richard (Firestone, Colo./Niwot) had four.
The Hoyas used a .361 team hitting percentage and a 5-2 run midway through the set to win the third frame, 25-23. After Xavier fought off two set points, cutting the score to 24-23, Speech slammed down her fourth kill of the set to give GU the victory. Sinnette again led the Hoyas in the third set with six kills. Higareda had seven digs and Saar added five. McKnight had 10 more assists.
The Musketeers used a 6-1 early run to extend its lead to 12-6. The Hoyas would pull within five, but could not get any closer for the rest of the set as Xavier eventually won, 25-19. Egbuonu had a team-high four kills while Saar and Speech each had three. Higareda topped the defense with five digs, while McKnight again had 10 assists.
Saar recorded her milestone dig with her first dig of the match ... Sinnette needs just one kill to become the first Hoya since 2002 to reach 350 kills in a season.
For the year, Sinnette leads the Hoyas with 349 kills and 3.53 kills per set. Speech leads the front court with 0.72 blocks per set and has a team-high .296 hitting percentage. McKnight is averaging 9.68 assists per set and leads the team with 35 service aces, while Higareda is atop the defense with 4.59 digs per set.
Georgetown will play its final match of the season on Friday, November 20, hosting Creighton University for an 8 p.m. match at McDonough Arena. The contest will serve as GU's Senior Day as the Hoyas will recognize their lone senior -- Saar -- in a ceremony prior to the match.