Sept. 15, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University volleyball team will play its home opener on Wednesday night, hosting D.C.-rival George Washington at 7 p.m. at McDonough Arena.
The Hoyas (4-5) have won three of their past four matches and are coming off of a 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 27-29, 28-26) win over SEC-opponent Georgia on Friday at the Badger Classic, hosted by the University of Wisconsin. Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) slammed down a match-high 22 kills and completed the double-double with 12 digs. Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) had 15 kills and hit at a .414 clip. Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) finished with 42 assists and 13 digs while also adding six service aces, the most by a GU player since 2012. Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) led the Hoyas with 16 digs while Meghan Richard was also in double figures with 11.
Sinnette was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday for the second-consecutive week after totaling 49 kills, an average of 4.45 kills per set, in Georgetown's three matches last week. She had double-digit kills in all three matches and recorded her third double-double of the season with 22 kills and 12 digs against Georgia. She has now recorded double figures in kills in each of the past seven matches and eight of nine matches this season.
Sinnette leads the Hoyas with a 3.80 kills per set average and is second with 2.06 digs per set. Speech is second with 2.71 kills per set and leads the Hoyas with 0.86 blocks per set. McKnight is averaging 9.49 assists per set and tops the team with 18 service aces. Higareda leads the defense with 4.71 digs per set.
George Washington enters Wednesday with a 6-4 record and has won five out of the past six matches. The Colonials, who were the Atlantic 10 Tournament runner-up in 2014, lost to Texas Tech on Saturday to end a five-match winning streak. Earlier this season, GW took then-No. 11 Oregon to five sets. Chidima Osuchukwu leads the Colonials with 4.29 kills per set and is also tops with 1.39 blocks per set. Jordan Timmer averages 11.29 assists per set while Maddy Doyle leads the team with 4.05 digs per set.
GU will head back out on the road this week for the JMU Invitational, at James Madison University. The Hoyas will play North Carolina Central (1 p.m.) and James Madison (7 p.m.) on Friday before concluding the weekend on Saturday versus Norfolk State (12 p.m.)