Sept. 29, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's volleyball team hits the road this weekend for a pair of BIG EAST matches against Marquette and DePaul. The Hoyas open the weekend against the Golden Eagles on Friday at 8 p.m. ET followed by a 7 p.m. ET showdown on Saturday against the Blue Demons.
Saturday's match between GU and DePaul will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
The weekend matches will go a long way in clearing up the logjam in the middle of the BIG EAST standings. Both Marquette and DePaul are currently 1-1 in league play while the Hoyas are right on their trail at 1-2.
"What we're seeing is that every single team in our conference is going to be competitive," Georgetown Head Coach Arlisa Williams said. "We'll take what we did well against Villanova, and what we did well [against Seton Hall], and apply that to our work in practice to get ready for the weekend."
Four Georgetown (5-11, 1-2 BIG EAST) players average over two kills per set, led by Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) with 3.62 and Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) with 3.12 kps. Liv King (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) and Ashlie Williams (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) chip in 2.77 and 2.29 kps, respectively. Speech also leads the BIG EAST with a .387 hitting percentage while Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) ranks third overall with 10.24 assists per set.
Defensively, Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) paces the Blue & Gray with 4.51 digs per set, good for fourth-best in the BIG EAST, while McKnight and Sinnette both contribute at least two digs a frame.
Marquette (11-3, 1-1 BIG EAST) has won seven of its last eight matches with the lone setback coming against league-leading Creighton. The Golden Eagles offense runs through Taylor Louis and her 4.39 kills per set with Sara Blasier setting things up with 9.58 assists a stanza. Defensively, Lauren Houg leads the BIG EAST with 5.35 digs per set and Jenna Rosenthal averages 1.02 blocks a set at the net.
DePaul (7-7, 1-1 BIG EAST) hosts Villanova on Friday before welcoming the Hoyas to the Windy City on Saturday night. The Blue Demons have dropped three of their past four matches with the lone win coming at the expense of Providence in their league opener. Four DePaul players average at least two kills per set, led by Brittany Maxwell with 3.61 a frame. Colleen Smith runs the offense behind her 9.64 assists per set while Jasmine King averages just over a block a stanza.
Following the weekend tilt, the Hoyas return to the Hilltop to host Providence and Creighton on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8, respectively.