Sept. 16, 2017
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's volleyball team dropped the final match of the Rice adidas Invitational II against the host Owls, 3-1 (14-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-19), on Saturday afternoon. The Hoyas even their record to 6-6 on the season before entering BIG EAST play next weekend.
Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 3.17 kills per set while hitting at a .337 clip.
Speech led the Hoyas with 14 kills while Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) added 11 kills and 11 digs for her first double-double of the season. Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) also posted a double-double, her sixth of the season, with 39 assists and 11 digs.
Defensively, Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) collected 20 digs while Speech was credited with a match-best three blocks.
Georgetown dominated the opening frame, outhitting the Owls .300 to -.031 in the set. Sinnette and Riley Wertzberger (Dallas, Texas/Richardson) both notched four kills while Speech and McKnight added a pair. The Hoyas jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and pushed their advantage to 15-7 to force a Rice timeout. Georgetown used a 7-3 run out of the huddle to put the set out of reach en route to the 25-14 victory.
Rice recovered in the second and third sets, hitting over .300 in both frames to take the 2-1 lead in the match. Wertzberger and Speech both tallied four kills in the second stanza but couldn't overcome the Owls' attempt to even the contest. Speech led the way in the third set with five kills but Rice only committed a lone attack error in the frame.
In the fourth, Rice took an early 7-3 lead before the Hoyas rallied back to pull within one at 11-10 behind back-to-back service aces from Olivia King (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion). The Owls scored seven of the next 10 points out of the break to take an 18-13 lead before eventually claiming the set 25-19 and the match 3-1.
Nicole Lennon led Rice with 21 kills while Lee Ann Cunningham had 35 digs.
Georgetown returns to action next weekend as it opens BIG EAST play against eighth-ranked Creighton and Providence. The Hoyas travel to face the defending league champion Bluejays on Friday in Omaha, Neb., before returning to the East Coast to take on Providence on Sunday.