Sept. 16, 2015
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WASHINGTON - Despite having three players in double figures in kills, the Georgetown University volleyball team dropped its home opener on Wednesday night, falling 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-19) to George Washington at McDonough Arena.
Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) led all players with 12 kills while Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) and Ashlie Williams (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) each had 11 kills. Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) led the defense with a match-high 18 digs while Sinnette completed the double-double, her fourth of the season, with 10 digs. Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) contributed with a match-leading 33 assists.
The Hoyas (4-6) fell behind early in the first set, 8-3, before a kill from Williams, one of her six in the opening frame, started a 7-1 run to help GU surge ahead, 10-9. Williams added another kill and an ace while Sinnette had an ace and Speech slammed down the go-ahead kill. George Washington (7-4) scored the next six points to jump back ahead, 15-10, forcing a Georgetown timeout. Trailing 17-13, a kill from Speech sparked a run of four-consecutive points by the Hoyas to tie the score and force the Colonials to take a timeout of their won. Williams added two more kills in the run while Sinnette had one. GW used a 3-1 run to break a 19-19 tie, taking a 22-20 lead, but Georgetown answered with three-straight kills Ã¢â'¬" one from Liv King (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) and two from Speech Ã¢â'¬" to take the lead, 23-20. However, after a timeout, the Colonials scored the final three points of the set to win, 25-23, and take a 1-0 lead in the match.
GW again took a quick lead in the second set, going ahead, 10-6. Kills from Speech and Williams, and a dual block by Williams and Meghan Richard (Firestone, Colo./Niwot) fueled a 5-1 run for the Hoyas to knot the score at 11. After both sides traded a point, the Colonials answered with a 7-3 run to open a 19-15 lead. They maintained their four-point lead until Speech slammed down a kill and combined with Sinnette for a block to save two set points and cut GU's deficit to 24-22. However, after a timeout, GW scored the final point to take the set, 25-22.
The Colonials blew out to a 13-3 lead to open the third set. An ace by McKnight, kill from Sinnette and two GW errors cut the deficit to 15-7. Two more kills from Sinnette, another ace and a kill by McKnight and a dual block from King and Williams eventually closed the Hoyas to within four, 23-19, but GW scored the last two points to win the set, 25-19, and sweep the match.
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 (noon).