Sept. 19, 2015
Harrisonburg, Va. - The Georgetown volleyball team closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a resounding 3-0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-17) victory over Norfolk State on Saturday afternoon. The match was played on the campus of James Madison as part of the JMU Invitational.
Liv King (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) led all players with 13 kills, hitting at a .667 clip for the match. Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) was also in double figures with 10 kills while Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) had eight kills, three blocks and finished with a .417 hitting percentage. Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) recorded a double-double with 35 assists and 10 digs while also adding five kills. Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) finished with a match-high 13 digs and three service aces.
Georgetown had a season-high .395 hitting percentage as a team and finished with 10 aces -- the third time this year the Blue & Gray was in double figures in service aces.
The Hoyas (6-7) took control of the first set right away with an 8-1 run. Higareda opened the match with an ace and McKnight also had an ace while Ashlie Williams (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) added three kills and Sinnette had a pair. After NSU (1-11) cut the lead to 11-7, GU embarked on an 11-1 run to open a commanding lead, 22-8. McKnight had two kills while Lauren Saar (Richland, Mich./Plainwell) had a pair of aces and Speech contributed two kills and two blocks -- teaming once each with Sinnette and McKnight -- to lead the charge. Mariana Sullivan (Bronxville, N.Y./Chapin School) eventually ended the set, 25-11, with a kill.
Leading 7-6 in the second set, the Hoyas again used a big run to break the score open, taking a 15-7 lead on the back of an 8-1 run. Meghan Richard (Firestone, Colo./Niwot) had a pair of kills in the run while Sinnette put down an ace of her own and Speech added a solo block. The Spartans again cut into GU's lead, closing to within three, 21-18, but two kills from King and an ace by Higareda helped close the set on a 4-1 Georgetown run and gave the Blue & Gray a 22-19 set victory.
In the third frame, four-consecutive kills from King led the Hoyas to an early 5-1 lead. NSU cut the lead to 6-5 but two kills and an ace by McKnight, as well as an ace from Speech, helped GU extend its lead back to 11-6. Georgetown maintained that advantage until a kill from Somto Egbuonu (Grand Prairie, Texas/South Grand Prairie) closed the set, 25-17, and gave the Hoyas the sweep.
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.
Notes -- McKnight and Higareda were both named to the JMU Invitational All-Tournament Team ... In three matches, McKnight totaled 89 assists, 26 digs and 19 kills while hitting at a .471 hitting percentage. She also added three service aces and three total blocks ... Higareda averaged 4.10 digs per set while adding 19 assists and six service aces.