Georgetown University's volleyball team wraps up the 2018 regular season with a pair of BIG EAST home matches this weekend. The Hoyas host Xavier on the Hilltop on Friday before welcoming Butler on Saturday for Senior Day.
Friday's match will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network while Saturday's match will be streamed live on www.GUHoyas.com with Monika Moore calling the action for both events. Live stats for both matches will also be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
Georgetown went 1-1 last weekend, falling 3-0 at No. 9 Creighton before completing a season sweep over Providence with a 3-2 victory. Against the Bluejays, Alyssa Sinnette
(Pearland, Texas / Dawson) and Symone Speech
(Oak Park, Ill. / Oak Park-River Forest) both led the Hoyas with nine kills while Olivia King
(Ardmore, Pa. / Lower Merion) and Iva Vujosevic
(Bar, Montenegro / Niko Rolovic / UMES) each added six. Defensively, Kenzie Higareda
(Woodbridge, Va. / Forest Park) and Jessica Cusi
(Pacifica, Calif. / Lick-Wilmerding) both had nine digs. In the win over the Friars, three Hoyas tallied double-digit kills, led by Sinnette with 20. Vujosevic added 15 kills and Speech chipped in with 13. Margo Pivonka
(Broadview Heights, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit) paced the offense with 52 assists. On the defensive end, Higareda collected 18 digs to lead the Blue & Gray.
On the season, Sinnette and Vujosevic both average at least three kills a set, posting 3.25 and 3.20 kps, respectively, while Speech is right behind them with 2.96 kps. Pivonka runs the offense and averages 9.01 assists per set.
Defensively, Higareda averages 4.54 digs per set. Cusi adds 2.50 a frame while Vujosevic chips in 2.33 dps. At the net, Speech has been credited with 99 blocks on the season for a 1.03 average and Brennan Wilhite
(Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic) adds 0.46 bps.
Xavier (10-17, 8-8 BIG EAST) is in a three-way tie for the fourth and final BIG EAST Championship berth with the Hoyas and Villanova. Laura Grossman leads the Musketeers with 2.88 kills per set while Audrey Adams and Norah Painter add 2.26 and 2.04 kps, respectively. The XU offense runs through Nadia Dieudonne and McKena Estes who both average just over 5.00 assists per set. Defensively, Meredith Klare averages 4.51 digs per set and Jayda Carlton adds 1.19 blocks per set.
In the last meeting this season, Georgetown claimed a 3-0 sweep over the Musketeers in Cincinnati for GU's first win over Xavier in program history. Speech led all players with 12 kills while Vujosevic posted her ninth double-double of the season with 11 kills and 13 digs. Sinnette added eight kills and Wilhite chipped in four. Pivonka had another solid all-around performance, leading all players with 33 assists to go with three kills, three digs and three service aces. Defensively, Higareda led all players with 20 digs while Speech tallied five blocks for the Hoyas at the net. Moriah Hopkins led Xavier with nine kills. Estes posted a double-double with 12 assists and 10 digs while Carlton was credited with seven blocks.
Butler (9-19, 6-10 BIG EAST) plays Villanova on Friday before heading to the Nation's Capital on Saturday. Brooke Gregory leads the Bulldogs with 2.95 kills per set while Natalie Ravenell and Bri Lilly average 2.66 and 2.48 kps, respectively. Maddie Freiwald has taken then reigns as Butler's primary sett and averages 8.76 assists per set. Defensively, Elizabeth LaBue tallies 3.60 digs per set while Lilly, Melody Davidson and Ravenell all chip in at least one block per set.
Last time out against the Bulldogs, the Hoyas swept their hosts 3-0 in Indianapolis. Sinnette led all players with 15 kills while freshmen Elissa Barbosa
(San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) and Hannah Hamling
(Warwick, N.Y. / Warwick Valley) added nine each. Pivonka paced the offense with 31 assists and nearly had a double-double with nine digs while Higareda tallied 15 digs. Gregory led Butler with nine kills.