11 Aces Help (RV) Marquette Take Down Georgetown in Straight Sets

  0 Bill Stadick | October 16th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News


The (RV) Marquette Golden Eagles defeated the Georgetown Hoyas in straight sets behind 11 total service aces, including four by freshman Martha Konovodoff and another three by sophomore setter Lauren Speckman.

Konovodoff also led Marquette’s back-row defense with 13 digs and Speckman dished out a match-high 40 assists. The Golden Eagles’ offensive attack was again led by sophomore outside Allie Barber, who notched 15 kills, hitting at a .406 clip, while junior middle Jenna Rosenthal added 10 kills on .714 hitting.

For the Hoyas, junior outside Alyssa Sinnette led her team’s offense with 11 kills and a .385 hitting percentage, while junior middle Symone Speech added six kills. Junior setter Paige McKnight tallied 18 assists, putting her at 2,998 for her career and moving her into fourth on Georgetown’s all-time career assists list.

In the first, Georgetown put together a run in the middle of the set to get as close as 19-15, but the Golden Eagles allowed just two more points on their way to a 25-17 win. Seven of Marquette’s service aces came in the second frame and they won easily by a 25-12 final margin. The third featured six ties and two lead changes before the Golden Eagles went on a 10-2 run for a decisive 25-16 win.

Marquette kicks off the second half of Big East play on Friday when they host Xavier, while the Hoyas travel to Big East rival, Villanova, also on Friday.


Courtesy: Marquette Athletics

Barber and Rosenthal tally double digit kills

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Marquette University women’s volleyball team surged back in the winning column with a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 25-12, 25-16) over Georgetown on Sunday afternoon at McDonough Arena.

The Golden Eagles (14-6, 8-1) were led by Allie Barber with 15 kills and a .406 clip, while Jenna Rosenthal had a stellar .714 hitting percentage with 10 kills and no errors. Setter Lauren Speckman dished out 40 assists, while freshman libero Martha Konovodoff collected 13 digs.

Marquette claimed the first set, 25-17 and used a .478 hitting percentage in the second frame to win, 25-12. The Golden Eagles totaled seven service aces in the set, including three from Konovodoff. The Hoyas pushed back in the third set, but Marquette used a stretch of small scoring runs to hold on and take a 25-16 victory, though the score was tied six times with two lead changes.

Georgetown (7-14, 1-8) was led by Alyssa Sinnette with 11 kills, while two other Hoyas recorded five kills each.

As a squad Marquette had an efficient hitting day with a .402 clip and totaled 11 service aces, while holding Georgetown to .202 combined.

Marquette will return home and host Xavier Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 pm, followed by Butler on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. CT. Friday’s match will air live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.

Courtesy: Georgetown Athletics


WASHINGTON – Georgetown University’s volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-16) to visiting Marquette in BIG EAST action on Sunday afternoon. The Hoyas drop to 7-14 overall and 1-8 in league play.

Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) led the Hoyas with 11 kills and hit .385 in the match, her third-best hitting percentage as a Hoya in 78 career matches. Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) added six kills while Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) and Olivia King (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) both had five.

McKnight added 18 assists and six digs. Her 18 assists put her at 2,998 in her career and moves her into sole possession of fourth place all-time on the career assists list.

Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) paced the defense with a team-high 12 digs.

Marquette (15-6, 8-1 BIG EAST) took the early advantage in the opening set with a 4-0 lead. The Hoyas would rally back with a 6-2 run to knot things up at 6-6 but the Golden Eagles responded with a 5-1 run to retake an 11-7 lead. Back-to-back points from GU cut the deficit to 11-9, but Marquette posted seven of the next 10 points to go ahead 18-12 and force a Hoya timeout. Coming out of the huddle, Georgetown put together a 3-1 run to pull within four, down 19-15, but MU held off the Blue & Gray the rest of the way.

In the second, Georgetown couldn’t overcome Marquette’s hot hitting in the frame. The Golden Eagles hit .478 as a team in the set and had four players record at least two kills in the stanza. For the Hoyas, King notched three kills in the set.

A back-and-forth clash highlighted the third period. Georgetown took an early 6-3 lead before the Golden Eagles battled back to tie things up at 10-10. Marquette then went on a 5-1 run to lead 15-11 and force a GU timeout, but the Blue & Gray regrouped out of the break with three unanswered points to cut the deficit to one, down 15-14. Clamping down, MU closed out the set on a 10-2 run to seal the victory.

Allie Barber led Marquette with 15 kills while Jenna Rosenthal added 10.

Georgetown returns to action on Saturday, October 21, as it travels to take on Villanova to open the second half of BIG EAST play. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

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