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Volleyball Hosts Villanova in BIG EAST Action

WASHINGTON – Georgetown University's volleyball team looks to complete its first BIG EAST sweep of the season as it hosts Villanova on Friday at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas earned a 3-2 victory earlier this season on the road against the Wildcats.

Friday's rematch is slated for a 5 p.m. first serve on the Hilltop. Live stats and video will be available at www.GUHoyas.com, with Monika Moore calling the play-by-play.

Georgetown (13-10, 6-5 BIG EAST) dropped a pair of road matches in BIG EAST action over the weekend. The Hoyas fell 3-0 at Seton Hall before dropping a hard-fought 3-2 decision at St. John's. Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas / Dawson) led the Blue & Gray with 3.62 kills per set while Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill. / Oak Park-River Forest) added 2.25 kps. Defensively, Speech was credited with 15 total blocks on the weekend for an impressive 1.88 blocks per set average and was selected for the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va. / Forest Park) anchored the back row with 3.38 digs per set.

On the season, Iva Vujosevic (Bar, Montenegro / Niko Rolovic / UMES), Sinnette and Speech all average at least three kills a set, posting 3.36, 3.10 and 3.03 kps, respectively. Margo Pivonka (Broadview Heights, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit) paces the offense with 9.03 assists per set.

Defensively, Higareda anchors the back row with 4.64 digs per set. Jessica Cusi (Pacifica, Calif. / Lick-Wilmerding) adds 2.51 a frame while Vujosevic chips in 2.45 dps. At the net, Speech has been credited with 91 blocks on the season for a 1.15 average and Brennan Wilhite (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic) adds 0.49 bps.

Villanova (12-11, 5-6 BIG EAST) is 2-2 in its last four contests after snapping a three-match losing streak. Five different Wildcats average more than two kills a frame, led by Clare Delaplane with 2.94 kps. Mallory Potts adds 2.74 kps, followed by Amanda Pedersen-Henry (2.39), Sanaa Barnes (2.16) and Allie Olsonoski (2.05). Villanova's offense runs through Emma Decker's 9.94 assists per set.

Defensively, Regan Lough paces VU's back row with 5.55 digs per set while Olsonoski and Pedersen-Henry have posted 77 and 63 total blocks, respectively, at the net.

In the first meeting between the two teams on the Main Line, Georgetown mounted a comeback after trailing by two sets to win 3-2 at Jake Nevin Field House. Vujosevic led the Blue & Gray with 22 kills and 19 digs for her seventh double-double of the season while Speech added 14 kills for the Hoyas. Pivonka paced the offense with a match-high 46 assists to go with five digs and three kills, including the match winner.

Defensively, Higareda anchored the back row with 27 digs while Cusi added 19 and Elissa Barbosa (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) had 12. At the net, Speech was credited with six blocks, including four solo rejections, while Wilhite tallied three.

Potts led Villanova with 18 kills while Delaplane had 14 and Pedersen-Henry chipped in 11. Lough led all players with 30 digs in the loss.

Following Friday's match, Georgetown remains in the Nation's Capital for a pair of BIG EAST rematches next weekend against DePaul and No. 18 Marquette.

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