Sep. 30, 2016
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Georgetown University's volleyball team dropped a hard-fought 3-1 (25-13, 24-25, 25-10, 25-16) decision on the road at Marquette in BIG EAST action on Friday night. The Hoyas fall to 5-12 overall and 1-3 in league play.
Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) led the Hoyas with 13 kills while hitting at a .300 clip. Liv King (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion), Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) and Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) all added seven kills while McKnight chipped in 33 assists.
Defensively, Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) collected a match-high 19 digs to lead the Blue & Gray with Caitlin Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) adding 11.
A slow start to the match put the Hoyas behind the eight ball in the opening frame. After winning the opening point on a kill from King, GU allowed an 11-2 run before calling a timeout to regroup. Coming out of the break, Georgetown battled back to win four of the next six points but couldn't get any closer thanks to 14 kills and a .400 hitting percentage from the Golden Eagles (12-3, 2-1 BIG EAST) in the set.
Not backing down, the Hoyas hit back in the second set to even the match at 1-1. Fighting point-for-point early, Georgetown put together a 5-0 run behind three consecutive kills from Speech to take a 9-6 advantage. Trading multiple leads down the stretch, GU looked to have the frame put away at 24-20 before MU rallied back to knot things up at 24-24. A key timeout from Georgetown Head Coach Arlisa Williams settled the Hoyas down at that point, allowing GU to finish out the set with a 26-24 victory.
The third frame echoed the first with momentum switching back to Marquette's favor. The Golden Eagles hit .545 in the set without committing an error.
In the fourth, GU and Marquette traded points early to force a 4-4 tie. The Golden Eagles then posted a 10-3 run to force a Hoya timeout before Georgetown responded with a 4-2 run to cut the deficit to 16-11 and turn to tables on their hosts with a timeout of their own. Marquette held court the rest of the way, holding off the Blue & Gray's comeback attempt en route to the 3-1 victory.
Taylor Louis led Marquette with a match-high 18 kills while Meghan Niemann added 15 and Jenna Rosenthal chipped in 11.
Georgetown returns to the court on Saturday against DePaul in Chicago, Ill. First serve is set for 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network.