Women's Volleyball

Volleyball Closes Out Non-Conference Play at the JMU Invitational

Sept. 17, 2015

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University volleyball team hits the road again for the final non-conference weekend, traveling to Harrisonburg, Va., for the JMU Invitational. The Hoyas will play N.C. Central at 1 p.m. and host James Madison at 7 p.m. on Friday before closing out the weekend against Norfolk State at noon on Saturday.

Live stats for all three matches, as well as a webstream of Georgetown's match versus James Madison on Friday, can be found on the volleyball schedule page on www.guhoyas.com.

The Hoyas (4-6) are coming off of a tough 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-19) loss to George Washington on Wednesday night in GU's home opener 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.

For the season, Sinnette, who has been named to consecutive BIG EAST Honor Rolls, leads Georgetown with 3.79 kills per set and is second with 2.16 digs per set. Speech is second with 2.82 kills per set and leads the Hoyas with 0.87 blocks per set. McKnight is averaging 9.61 assists per set and tops the team with 20 service aces. Higareda leads the defense with 4.82 digs per set.

N.C. Central has started the season with 13-consecutive losses, after dropping a 3-0 decision on Tuesday to Winthrop. The Lady Eagles are led by a trio of veterans, paced by junior Kelsey Murphy. The MEAC all-conference performer is averaging 3.73 kills per set while senior Kelly Rossip is hitting at a team-best .219 clip and averaging 2.51 points per set with 2.18 kills per set and a 0.44 blocks per set. Junior Casey Curran guides the Lady Eagles offense with 7.42 assists per set.

James Madison enters the weekend with a 7-3 record, losing most recently to fellow BIG EAST-opponent Villianova, 3-1. The Dukes have played a mutual opponent with the Hoyas, defeating Howard, 3-0. GU also came out victorious over the Bison, 3-2. Janey Goodman leads the offensive attack with 3.97 kills per set whiel Taylor Austin has been stellar defensively, averaging 5.29 digs per set. Sarah Patters averages 9.69 assists per set and Hanna Radhi is blocking 1.15 balls per set.

Norfolk State comes into the tournament with a 1-9 record, having lost its past two matches. Angie Darcus is the only player for the Spartans averaging at least two kills per set, slamming down 3.00 kills per set. Darcy Moore averages 7.42 assists per set and also chips in with 2.66 digs per set while Alex Irizarry ranks first with 3.34 digs.

The following weekend, the Hoyas return to McDonough Arena to open BIG EAST play. The Blue & Gray will host Villanova for a 7 p.m. match on Friday, September 25 before Seton Hall visits the Hilltop on Sunday, September 27 for a 2 p.m. contest.

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