Nov. 12, 2017
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University volleyball's junior standout Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) became the 15th player in program history with 1,000 career kills as she led the Hoyas to a 3-1 (25-17, 19-25, 25-22, 25-17) victory on the road at DePaul in BIG EAST action on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Hoyas snap a 12-match losing streak and win their first true road contest of the year.
Georgetown improves to 8-20 overall and 2-14 in league play. DePaul falls to 8-21 overall and 2-15 in BIG EAST play.
Sinnette joined the elite 1,000 kill club in the opening set against the Blue Demons. She joins fellow classmate Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) on the list after Speech hit the milestone in Friday's match at Marquette. Sinnette is now one of just 128 active players with 1,000 career kills and Georgetown is one of just 21 Division I programs currently with multiple players to achieve the feat.
Posting her fifth double-double of the season, Sinnette led the Hoyas with 15 kills and 10 digs to go with a pair each of blocks and service aces. Speech added 13 kills and five blocks while Aima Eichie (Castle Rock, Colo./Rock Canyon/UC Davis) chipped in nine kills and seven blocks in the victory.
Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) paced the offense with 41 assists to go with seven digs and five kills. Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) tied a match high with 15 digs.
In a back-and-forth first set, DePaul took an early 7-3 lead before the Hoyas rallied back to take an 11-10 lead as part of 4-0 run capped by a Sinnette ace. With another 10 ties and five lead changes down the stretch, Georgetown took control following a 20-20 tie to score five of the last six points to take the opening set behind back-to-back kills form Speech.
Trading leads early in the second set, DePaul used a 7-2 run to force GU to burn its first timeout, down 11-6. The Blue Demons would hold the Blue & Gray at bay the rest of the way despite the Hoyas pulling within one point, down 13-12, and by two points on multiple occasions.
Another close start to the third saw an 11-11 tie before the Hoyas rallied off a 5-1 run to lead 16-12. DePaul answered back, knotting the score at 20-20 before retaking the lead at 22-21 and forcing Georgetown to use its final timeout. Coming out of the huddle, a Sinnette kill evened the score while back-to-back blocks from Emily Herrington (Gainesville, Fla./St. Francis Catholic) set the stage for the Hoyas to take the 2-1 match lead.
Georgetown put the match away in the fourth, posting a 9-1 run following an 8-8 tie to control momentum. A late rally from the Blue Demons made it 18-14, but GU clamped down after a timeout to win seven of the final 10 points for the match victory.
Brittany Maxwell led DePaul with 18 kills while Myah Reed added 12.
Georgetown returns home to close out the 2017 campaign with a pair of matches this weekend. The Hoyas host Providence on Friday before taking on Creighton in the season finale on Saturday.