Sept. 27, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's volleyball team dropped a hard fought 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 26-24) decision to visiting Seton Hall in BIG EAST action on Tuesday evening. The Hoyas fall to 5-11 overall and 1-2 in league play.
"We started off very slow and showed a whole lot of grit battling out of that and being able to finish all three sets within two points," said Georgetown head coach Arlisa Williams. "What we learned tonight is that we have to come out and set the tone from the beginning. When we play good volleyball, we'll play with anyone in the conference."
Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) led the Georgetown offense with 10 kills while Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) added eight and both Liv King (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) and Meghan Richard (Firestone, Colo./Niwot) added seven. Richard and Speech were especially proficient on the night, hitting an impressive .462 and .438, respectively, with a mere one attack error each.
Defensively, Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) led all players with 10 digs and was a menace at the serving line with a match-high five aces. Four other Hoyas had at least five digs while Speech recorded a contest-best six blocks at the net.
A back-and-forth beginning to the match saw an early tie at 3-3 before the Pirates pulled out to leads of 9-3 and 14-5. A 7-0 run by the Blue & Gray behind the aggressive serving of Higareda cut the GU deficit to just 14-12 before Seton Hall responded to retake a five-point lead at 21-16 and force a Georgetown timeout. Coming out of the break, the Hoyas rallied with runs of 4-0 and 3-1 but couldn't complete the comeback in the 25-23 loss.
The second frame started a bit slowly for Georgetown as the Pirates pushed to a quick 5-1 lead. Battling back, the Hoyas responded with a 6-2 run to take their first lead of the match since the opening point at 8-7 and later added another 4-0 run to push the advantage to 13-9 courtesy of a combo block by Speech and Richard. Seton Hall would slowly begin to chip away at the lead, retaking the advantage at 19-18. Despite keeping the score within three points the rest of the way, GU couldn't regain momentum en route to another 25-23 setback.
Flipping the script in the third, Georgetown jumped out to a 4-1 lead and held SHU at bay until an 8-8 tie. The Pirates then went on a 9-4 run to take a 17-12 lead and force a Hoya timeout. Matching their guests point for point, the Blue & Gray called another timeout down 23-18 to mount one last comeback attempt. Not backing down, kills by Ashlie Williams (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) and Speech, combined with a trio of service aces from Higareda, knotted things up at 23-23 and led to a Seton Hall timeout. Trading points out of the break pushed the set into bonus volleyball before the Pirates closed out the frame 26-24.
Danielle Schroeder led Seton Hall with 14 kills while Haylee Gasser added 10.
The Hoyas continue league play over the weekend as they embark on a Midwest road trip to face BIG EAST foes Marquette on Friday and DePaul on Saturday.