Box Score WASHINGTON –
Georgetown University's volleyball team won its regular season road finale 3-2 (25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 20-25, 15-12) at Providence in BIG EAST action on Sunday afternoon. The Hoyas improve to 15-13 overall and even their league record to 8-8.
Three Hoyas tallied double-digit kills, led by Alyssa Sinnette
(Pearland, Texas / Dawson) with 20. Iva Vujosevic
(Bar, Montenegro / Niko Rolovic) added 15 kills and Symone Speech
(Oak Park, Ill. / Oak Park-River Forest) chipped in with 13. Margo Pivonka
(Broadview Heights, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit) paced the offense with 52 assists.
On the defensive end, Kenzie Higareda
(Woodbridge, Va. / Forest Park) collected 18 digs to lead the Blue & Gray.
In the deciding fifth set, neither squad could find the early advantage as the Hoyas took an 8-7 lead at the turn. Georgetown then pushed its lead to 13-9 but back-to-back points from Providence (8-19, 2-14 BIG EAST) caused the Blue & Gray to call timeout with a 13-11 lead. Providence won the initial point coming out of the huddle, but the Hoyas responded with consecutive points to close out the set 15-12 and claim the match in five sets.
A back-and-forth first set saw 10 ties and a pair of lead changes. Georgetown took the first point of the match and held Providence at bay before the Friars claimed their first lead at 14-13 to force a GU timeout. Out of the huddle, the tables were turned as Providence held off the Blue & Gray until a service ace from Jessica Cusi
(Pacifica, Calif. / Lick-Wilmerding) put the visitors up 18-17 and the Friars called timeout. After the break, another three-straight GU points behind Cusi's serving gave the Hoyas a 21-17 lead as PC burned its final timeout. Georgetown later had four set points before closing out the frame with a 25-22 victory on a kill from Brennan Wilhite
(Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic / USC).
An even tighter second stanza upped the ante with 14 ties and five lead changes. Following an early 6-6 tie, a 5-2 run from Providence forced a Georgetown timeout at 11-8. The Hoyas battled back to tie things up at 11-11 and neither team led by more than two points the rest of the way. Tied late at 23-23, back-to-back points off a kill from Margo Snipe
(Washington, D.C. / Ridgewood [N.J.]) and a combo block from Vujosevic and Wilhite gave the Blue & Gray the set with the 25-23 win.
In the third, Georgetown took an early 5-2 lead before Providence called a timeout and led 10-4 before the Friars began to mount a comeback. A 12-3 run from the home team gave PC a 16-13 lead but the Hoyas responded with four-straight points to retake the advantage at 17-16. Three-straight points from Providence forced a Georgetown timeout at 19-17 before eventually closing out the stanza 25-22.
Keeping things close early in the fourth set, a 6-1 run from the Friars gave the hosts an 11-6 advantage. Providence pushed its lead to 18-13, but the Hoyas began to mount a comeback and pulled within three, down 21-18, to force a PC timeout. Out of the break, the Friars held Georgetown off as they won the period 25-20 to force the deciding fifth set.
Allison Impellizeri led the Friars with 20 kills while Lindsey Schaible added 14. Mackenzie Taylor collected a match-high 23 digs.
Georgetown returns home to close out the BIG EAST regular season next weekend. The Hoyas host Xavier on Friday, Nov. 16 and Butler on Saturday, Nov. 17 as part of Senior Weekend.