Nov. 6, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University volleyball team fell to DePaul University, 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-19), on Friday evening in a BIG EAST Conference match. The contest was played at DePaul's McGrath-Phillips Arena.
The Hoyas fall to 10-17 on the season and 4-10 in the BIG EAST. The Blue Demons improved to 15-11 overall and 3-10 in conference action.
Liv King (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) led Georgetown's offense, tying for match-high honors with 12 kills. Lauren Saar (Richland, Mich./Plainwell) just missed a double-double, finishing with nine kills and eight digs. Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./River Forest) led all players with 17 digs, while Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) totaled 24 assists.
With the opening set tied at two, DePaul utilized a 6-0 run to open up an 8-2 advantage. Still leading 12-7, the Blue Demons scored five-straight points to take control of the set with a17-7 lead. The two sides traded points until DePaul won the set, 25-15. McKnight and Saar led GU's offense with four kills apiece while King had three. Saar led the defense with four digs while three Hoyas -- McKnight, King and Higareda -- all had three digs.
DePaul jumped out to a 6-2 lead to start the second set and held on to that lead for most of the frame. Georgetown pulled to within three, 17-14, on a block from Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) and Meghan Richard (Firestone, Colo./Niwot), but the Blue Demons scored eight of the final nine points to win the set, 25-18. Saar again led the offense with four kills, while King again added three. Higareda topped the defense with four digs and Ashlie Williams (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) had three.
The Hoyas used a 6-1 run to overcome a 13-8 deficit and tie the score at 14. However, with the score still tied 17, DePaul ended the set on an 8-2 run to win, 25-19, and complete the sweep. King led the offense with six kills, while Speech had all five of her kills in the third set. Higareda had 10 digs to lead the defense.
Saar now sits at 988 career digs, just 12 away from joining a select few in program history to record 1,000 career digs.
For the season, Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) leads the Hoyas with 323 kills and 3.51 kills per set. Speech leads the front court with 0.74 blocks per set and has a team-high .295 hitting percentage. McKnight is averaging 9.66 assists per set and leads the team with 35 service aces, while Higareda is atop the defense with 4.53 digs per set.
The Hoyas will conclude the weekend with their final road contest of the season, playing at Marquette in a match scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET.