Oct. 15, 2017
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-16) to visiting Marquette in BIG EAST action on Sunday afternoon. The Hoyas drop to 7-14 overall and 1-8 in league play.
Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) led the Hoyas with 11 kills and hit .385 in the match, her third-best hitting percentage as a Hoya in 78 career matches. Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) added six kills while Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) and Olivia King (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) both had five.
McKnight added 18 assists and six digs. Her 18 assists put her at 2,998 in her career and moves her into sole possession of fourth place all-time on the career assists list.
Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) paced the defense with a team-high 12 digs.
Marquette (15-6, 8-1 BIG EAST) took the early advantage in the opening set with a 4-0 lead. The Hoyas would rally back with a 6-2 run to knot things up at 6-6 but the Golden Eagles responded with a 5-1 run to retake an 11-7 lead. Back-to-back points from GU cut the deficit to 11-9, but Marquette posted seven of the next 10 points to go ahead 18-12 and force a Hoya timeout. Coming out of the huddle, Georgetown put together a 3-1 run to pull within four, down 19-15, but MU held off the Blue & Gray the rest of the way.
In the second, Georgetown couldn't overcome Marquette's hot hitting in the frame. The Golden Eagles hit .478 as a team in the set and had four players record at least two kills in the stanza. For the Hoyas, King notched three kills in the set.
A back-and-forth clash highlighted the third period. Georgetown took an early 6-3 lead before the Golden Eagles battled back to tie things up at 10-10. Marquette then went on a 5-1 run to lead 15-11 and force a GU timeout, but the Blue & Gray regrouped out of the break with three unanswered points to cut the deficit to one, down 15-14. Clamping down, MU closed out the set on a 10-2 run to seal the victory.
Allie Barber led Marquette with 15 kills while Jenna Rosenthal added 10.
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday, October 21, as it travels to take on Villanova to open the second half of BIG EAST play. First serve is set for 7 p.m.