Women's Volleyball

Volleyball Hosts DePaul, Marquette in BIG EAST Action

Oct. 27, 2016

WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's volleyball team continues its homestand with a pair of BIG EAST matches this weekend, hosting DePaul on Friday, Oct. 28, and Marquette on Saturday, Oct. 29. Both matches are slated for a 6 p.m. first serve.

Live stats and a subscription-based webstream for both matches will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.

The Hoyas (6-17, 2-8 BIG EAST) are coming off a tough 3-1 setback to Villanova last weekend. In the match, Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) posted her sixth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 12 digs. Liv King (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) added 13 kills while Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) had 12. Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) also hauled in double-digit digs with a match-high 18.

On the season, Sinnette leads the Blue & Gray with 3.41 kills per set while Speech is hot on her trail with 3.16 kps. King and Ashlie Williams (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) both add more than two kills per frame, averaging 2.51 and 2.09 kps, respectively. Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) paces the GU offense with 9.93 assists per set.

Defensively, Higareda averages 4.18 digs per set with McKnight adding 2.58 a frame. Sinnette, Caitlin Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) and Sara Feld (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa) each chip in more than 1.60 digs per set as well. At the net, Speech leads the way with 0.83 blocks per set and Williams adds 0.74 rejections a frame.

Georgetown and DePaul (12-11, 6-5 BIG EAST) last met on Oct. 1, with the Blue Demons coming away with the 3-0 victory in Chicago. Sinnette led the Hoyas with 12 kills and eight digs, both team highs, while Speech added 11 kills.

Brittany Maxwell leads DePaul with 3.57 kills per set while three other players are averaging more than two kills a frame. DePaul comes to the Nation's Capital as the top serving team in the BIG EAST, leading the conference with 1.52 aces per set.

The Hoyas dropped a 3-1 decision at Marquette (18-5, 8-3 BIG EAST) on September 30. Speech led the Hoyas with 13 kills while hitting at a .300 clip. Higareda collected a match-high 19 digs to lead the Blue & Gray, with Brauneis adding 11.

The Golden Eagles pace the BIG EAST in hitting percentage (.263), opponent hitting percentage (.177) and digs (16.49 dps). Taylor Louis is Marquette's main offensive threat, averaging 4.43 kills per set to rank second in the conference. Two other MU players offer more than two kills a frame as well. Defensively, Jenna Rosenthal is second in the BIG EAST with 1.26 blocks per set and Lauren Houg is second in the league with 4.81 digs per set.

Following the weekend's matches, the Hoyas hit the road for a pair of BIG EAST showdowns against Seton Hall and St. John's.

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