Oct. 20, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's volleyball team begins the second half of its BIG EAST schedule with a rematch against Villanova on Saturday, Oct. 22, at McDonough Arena. First serve is set for 6 p.m.
Live stats and a subscription-based webstream will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
The Hoyas will attempt to complete the season sweep over the Wildcats following a 3-0 victory in Pennsylvania on Sept. 24. In the last meeting, Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) led all players with 14 kills while Liv King (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) added 11. Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) and Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) both posted double-doubles in the win. Sinnette notched 10 kills to go with 10 digs while McKnight added 34 assists to go with 13 digs. Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) chipped in a team-high 15 digs in the win.
Georgetown (6-16, 2-7 BIG EAST) looks to return to its winning ways behind the powerful offensive duo of Sinnette and Speech. Sinnette leads the Hoyas with 3.42 kills per set while Speech is hot on her trail with 3.17 kps. King adds another 2.47 kills a frame with Ashlie Williams (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) contributing 2.11 kps. McKnight is averaging just shy of 10 assists a stanza to pace to offense.
Higareda leads the GU defense with 4.16 digs per set and McKnight is good for 2.62 digs a frame. At the net, Speech averages 0.83 blocks per set with Williams adding 0.74 a stanza.
Villanova (14-8, 5-4 BIG EAST) has not won back-to-back matches since being swept at home against the Blue & Gray. The Wildcats had previously won seven of their last eight before the blanking.
Allie Loitz leads the Wildcats with 3.76 kills per set while Claire Crutchfield adds 3.31 kills a frame. Emma Decker paces the VU offense with a BIG EAST-best 11.56 assists per set. Defensively, Regan Lough's 3.73 digs per set lead the way followed by Allison Fitzgerald's 3.47 dps. At the net, Amanda Pederson-Henry averages 0.89 blocks per set.
Following Saturday's match, the Hoyas continue their BIG EAST homestand with a pair of conference showdowns against DePaul and Marquette next weekend.