Closing out the first half of BIG EAST play, the Georgetown University volleyball team defeated visiting Providence, 3-1 (25-16, 16-25, 25-20, 25-20) on the Hilltop on Saturday. The Hoyas improve to 13-8 overall and 6-3 in league play.
(Oak Park, Ill. / Oak Park-River Forest) led the Hoyas with 12 kills while Iva Vujosevic
(Bar, Montenegro / Niko Rolovic / UMES) added 11 and Alyssa Sinnette
(Pearland, Texas / Dawson) had 10. Georgetown tallied nine service aces in the match with three from Jessica Cusi
(Pacifica, Calif. / Lick-Wilmerding) and a pair each from Vujosevic and Margo Pivonka
(Broadview Heights, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit).
Defensively, Kenzie Higareda
(Woodbridge, Va. / Forest Park) led all players with 15 digs. Speech was credited with four blocks and Brennan Wilhite
(Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic) added three rejections at the net.
An evenly spread out offense highlighted Georgetown's opening set victory. Seven different players recorded a kill in the frame, with Sinnette and Lara Adekunle
(Naperville, Ill. / Metea Valley) notching three each. Tied 3-3 early, a 6-0 run from the Hoyas put the Blue & Gray ahead, 9-3, and GU pushed its lead to 17-10 before the Friars began to mount a comeback. A 5-2 run from Providence forced a Georgetown timeout at 19-15, but the Hoyas scored six of the final seven points of the frame to seal the victory.
Providence's (7-12, 1-7 BIG EAST) offense was firing on all cylinders in the second set, taking an early 7-0 lead. The Friars hit .478 in the frame and didn't allow GU to get into a groove.
Georgetown took a 7-3 lead to start the third set and force a PC timeout. The Friars would keep things close, pulling within a pair, down 12-10, before the Hoyas rallied off four-straight points to lead 16-10 and force Providence to burn its final timeout. Coming out of the huddle, the Friars put together a 5-2 spurt to pull within three at 18-15 and have GU call a timeout to stop the momentum. Trading points over the next few rotations, the Hoyas took advantage of a 20-18 lead to outscore Providence 5-2 down the stretch to take the stanza.
In the fourth, 10 ties and four lead changes highlighted the most competitive set of the night. Battling back and forth, neither squad could gain the edge en route to a 15-15 tie mid-frame. Georgetown would then put together a 5-1 outburst, including a pair of Sinnette kills, to lead 20-16 and have Providence call its final timeout. Not willing to concede, the Friars scored four of the next five points to pull within one, down 21-20. Undeterred, the Hoyas rallied off four unanswered points to close out the set and the match behind the strong serving of Cusi.
Addison Root led Providence with a match-high 14 kills.
Georgetown begins the back end of league play on the road next weekend at Seton Hall on Friday and St. John's on Saturday.