Oct. 14, 2017
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's volleyball team dropped a hard-fought 3-2 (15-25, 25-18, 25-18, 18-25, 15-11) decision to visiting DePaul in BIG EAST action on Saturday afternoon. The Hoyas fall to 7-13 overall and 1-7 in league play.
Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) and Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) both posted double-doubles for the Blue & Gray. Speech led all players with 20 kills while hitting at a .500 clip to go with 10 digs while McKnight paced the GU offense with 35 assists and 10 digs.
Olivia King (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) added 10 kills for Georgetown and Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) had nine.
Defensively, both Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) and Margo Pivonka (Broadview Heights, Ohio) had double digit digs with 11 each to lead the Hoyas.
Needing a deciding fifth set to settle the match, neither side showed signs of conceding in the frame. Georgetown led early, 4-2, behind a pair of Speech kills before DePaul responded with a 4-0 run to take a 6-4 lead and force a GU timeout. Coming out of the huddle, the Hoyas battled back to take a 9-8 lead courtesy of a kill and back-to-back blocks from Emily Herrington (Gainesville, Fla./St. Francis Catholic) as part of a 3-0 run. After a timeout from the Blue Demons, the Blue & Gray pushed its advantage to 11-9 to burn DPU's final timeout. DePaul came out the break and took control, rallying off the final six points of the match to claim the set 15-11.
Georgetown dominated the opening set, jumping out to leads of 7-0 and 15-1. The Blue Demons would manage to get within eight points, down 21-13, but couldn't undo their slow start. Speech notched five of her kills in the frame while McKnight recorded both of her two service aces of the match.
In the second, DePaul flipped the script and took an early 8-2 lead in the frame. The Hoyas would slowly chip away at the deficit, pulling within six points down 20-14, but couldn't complete the comeback as DPU evened the match at one set apiece.
Battling early in the third, both squads saw a combined seven ties and lead changes that led to an 8-8 tie early on. An 8-3 run from DePaul put some separation between the two and it eventually pushed its lead to 23-13. A 5-0 run from the home team gave the Hoyas momentum, forcing the Blue Demons to call a timeout at 23-18, but DPU scored both points out of the break to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Another back-and-forth set in the fourth culminated in a 10-10 tie before Georgetown posted an 8-2 run to take an 18-12 lead. Aggressive serving from the Hoyas, including back-to-back aces from Higareda, vaulted the Blue & Gray to win the frame and force the deciding fifth stanza.
Brittany Maxwell led DePaul with 18 kills while Caitlyn Coffey added 13.
The Hoyas return to action on Sunday as they host league-leading Marquette on the Hilltop with a first serve slated for 2 p.m. Live stats and paid video broadcast can be found at www.GUHoyas.com with Monika Moore calling the play-by-play.