Sept. 1, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University volleyball team will fly down to Florida on Thursday to take part in the Stetson/USF Invitational this weekend. The Hoyas will open up the weekend with two matches on Friday, playing Florida Atlantic University (FAU) at 9 a.m. and Western Carolina University (WCU) at 5:30 p.m., before concluding play on Saturday morning against cohost Stetson University at 9 a.m.
All three matches will be played at the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida and live stats will be available at www.guhoyas.com.
The Blue & Gray is coming off of a 1-2 showing at the D.C. Challenge last weekend to open up the 2016 season. The Hoyas began with a tough five-set loss to American (3-2) on Friday night, before falling to Howard (3-1) and defeating George Mason (3-1) on Saturday. Senior Ashlie Williams
(Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) was named to the all-tournament team after totaling 32 kills, six blocks and hitting at a .319 clip over the tournament's three matches.
Overall, Liv King (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) leads the GU offense with 41 kills, and 3.15 kills per set. Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) is right behind her with a 2.85 kills per set average and is also third on the team with 2.23 digs per set. Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) tops the defense with 3.77 digs per set while Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) is second at 2.85. McKnight is also averaging 10.08 assists per set and Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) leads the frontcourt with 1.23 blocks per set.
FAU opened its season with a 1-3 showing in its own tournament. The Owls defeated Bethune-Cookman (3-0) before dropping three-straight matches to North Florida, Drake and Northeastern. Maja Ristic leads FAU with 63 kills and 4.20 kills per set. Nathalie Rosado is atop the defense with 3.15 digs per set while Alex Cardona is right behind her with 3.00 digs per set. Martinez and Genesis Viera split the setting duties, averaging 8.25 and 5.60 assists per set, respectively.
WCU enters the weekend with a 2-1 record, defeating Charleston Southern and UAB in five-set matches after opening the season with a 3-1 loss to Tennessee Tech. Gabby Edmondson leads the offense with 2.71 kills per set while Abigail Veit and Alyssa Zupan are both also over 30 kills through three matches. Jo-Leigh VerVelde is averaging 9.79 assists per set and Meagan Sanchez has a team-high 4.79 digs per set to top the defense. As a team, the Catamounts average 2.71 blocks per set, led by Katie O'Conner (1.21) and VerVelde (0.93).
Stetson has dropped its first three matches of the season, falling to Kent State, 3-1, before being swept by both Stony Brook and Central Florida. The Hatters are averaging just 8.60 kills per set and 8.40 digs per set as a team. Eva Deisa has 19 kills to lead the offense while McKenna Foster has a team-high 18 digs.
Following this weekend, the Hoyas will play their first home matches of the season, hosting the Georgetown Classic next weekend at McDonough Arena. GU will play Towson on Friday, September 9 (4:30 p.m.) before taking on Princeton (9 a.m.) and Maryland (5 p.m.) on Saturday.