Sept. 18, 2015
Harrisonburg, Va. - The Georgetown University volleyball team (5-7) used a balanced attack to come away with a solid 3-0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-7) win over N.C. Central on Friday afternoon before falling to James Madison, 3-1 (16-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-15) in the nightcap. Both matches were played on the campus of James Madison as part of the JMU Invitational.
Georgetown 3, N.C. Central 0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-7)â€¦ Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) led all players in the match with 15 kills, leading a balanced attack for the Hoyas in a sweep over N.C. Central. Ashlie Williams (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) and Liv King (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) each finished with seven kills while Williams had a match-high six blocks, including two solo. Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) had 32 assists and added six kills while Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) led the defensive effort with a match-high 15 digs and Sinnette contributed nine.
GU led NCCU (0-14) in team kills, 45-20, and team digs, 46-26, while hitting a season-high .389 as a team.
The first set started out back-and-forth until the Hoyas broke a 9-all tie with a 9-4 run to take an 18-13 lead. Sinnette had two kills in the run while Williams and Meghan Richard (Firestone, Colo./Niwot) each added one and McKnight had a kill, an ace and teamed with Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) for a dual block. The two teams traded points until another kill from Sinnette, her eighth of the set, gave the Hoyas the set win, 25-22.
After NCCU took the first point in the second set, Georgetown answered with eight-consecutive points to take an 8-1 lead. Sinnette had three more kills and teamed with Williams, who also added a kill, for a dual block to lead the charge. Higareda contributed an ace. The Lady Eagles cut the lead to 13-8, but the Hoyas answered with the next six points to open a commanding 19-8 lead. Speech started the run with three-consecutive kills and King added one after a pair of NCCU errors. A Sinnette kill eventually closed out the set, 25-13, and gave GU a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Blue & Gray took control quickly in the third set, jumping out to a 17-3 lead behind three kills from King and two kills apiece from Williams and Richard. Williams also added an ace and teamed with King twice and Sinnette once for blocks. Higareda and Sinnette each also contributed an ace and McKnight added a kill. Mariana Sullivan (Bronxville, N.Y./Chapin School) slammed down the final two kills to give GU the sweep with a 25-7 set victory. The seven points allowed were fewest in a single set since the Hoyas allowed seven in the fifth set of a 3-2 win over N.C. State on September 19, 2009.
James Madison 3, Georgetown 1 (16-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-15)â€¦ McKnight finished two kills short of a triple-double, registering eight kills, 22 assists and 10 digs. Lauren Saar (Richland, Mich./Plainwell) led the Hoyas with 11 kills while also adding nine digs and Sinnette was also in double figures with 10 kills. Higareda finished with a team-high 13 digs while adding a career-high eight assists.
The score was close in the first set until, trailing 8-7, the Hoyas surged ahead with a 4-0 run to take the lead, 11-8. Saar had a kill and King added a solo block to fuel the charge. The lead was still at four, 16-12, when GU put down six-consecutive points to take a commanding 22-12 lead. Sinnette started the run with back-to-back kills and McKnight added a kill and Higareda snuck in an ace. King eventually gave Georgetown the set victory, 25-16, with a kill.
In the second set, both teams traded points to a 14-14 tie with neither side taking a lead of more than one point. However, JMU (8-3) scored nine-consecutive points to take control of the frame, 23-14, and continued on to win the set, 25-16, evening the match at one, set apiece.
GU jumped out to a 5-2 lead early in the third set behind two kills from Saar and one by Williams, forcing a JMU timeout. The Dukes responded, however, with a 10-1 run to go ahead, 12-6. A kill from Sinnette cut the deficit to five, 15-10, but JMU came right back with a 7-1 run to extend its lead to 22-11. The Hoyas could not mount a comeback and the Dukes took the set, 25-15, to go ahead in the match, 2-1.
JMU used a 10-3 run to break open a 3-3 tie in the fourth set and take command, 13-6. Three-straight kills from McKnight eventually cut GU's deficit to 19-14, but the Dukes responded with four-consecutive points of their own to extend their lead back to nine, 23-14. Despite another kill from McKnight, JMU took the set, 25-15, to win the match.
The Hoyas will conclude their weekend on Saturday with a noon matchup versus Norkolk State. Live stats for the match can be found on the volleyball schedule page at www.guhoyas.com.