PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College Volleyball opens up its conference schedule when it plays host to Villanova and Georgetown over the course of the weekend of Sept. 22-24. The Friars will take on the Wildcats on Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:00 p.m. Providence will then end the weekend with a BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) match against Georgetown on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 1:00 p.m.
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The BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN), the league’s branded channel on FOX Sports Go, is currently available for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire tablets and Fire phones, select Windows devices and on desktops via the internet at http://www.FOXSportsGO.com. Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. FOX Sports Go’s authenticated distribution is more than 90 million homes averaging more than three million streams per month. FOX Sports Go is available internationally via the internet by visiting http://www.FOXSportsGo.com (the FOX Sports Go app is not supported internationally).
Live Stats vs. Villanova: Sept. 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Live Stream vs. Villanova: Sept. 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Live Stats vs. Georgetown: Sept. 24 at 1:00 p.m.
BEDN Link: Providence v. Georgetown, Sept. 24 at 1:00 p.m.
The Friars have started the season with a record of 11-4. Providence most recently faced Bryant University to end its non-conference schedule. The Friars look to bounce back against Villanova and Georgetown after dropping the match against the Bulldogs, 3-0.
Providence has five different players with at least 100 kills, with sophomore Addison Root (Wichita, Kan.) being the leader of the Friar attack this season. Root has a total of 179 kills and her 3.44 kill per set average ranks seventh in the BIG EAST this season. Also with at least 100 kills are sophomore Jenae Alderson (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) with 143, junior Allison Impellizeri with 121, junior Megan Onyundo (Woodbridge, Va.) with 113 and sophomore Lindsey Schaible (Tampa, Fla.) with 106. Impellizeri (.350) and Schaible (.343) rank third and sixth, respectively, in the BIG EAST in hitting this season.
Freshman Allison Barber (Woodbury, Minn.) has been the setter for the Friars this season and leads the Friars with 550 total assists. Barber’s 10.78 assists per set average ranks second in the BIG EAST.
Providence’s has featured a well-balance team defense this season. The Friars has sixth in the BIG EAST in team digs with 14.83 a set, but are second opponent hitting percentage as they hold teams to a .182 hitting percentage. Freshman McKenzie Lydon (Stuart, Fla.) leads Providence in digs with 186 (3.58 d/s). Barber, Root and Alderson have also played important roles in defensively as they have recorded 156, 148 and 120 digs, respectively.
The Villanova Wildcats have started the season with a record of 7-4. The Wildcats last played on Sept. 15 against Temple with Villanova taking the match, 3-1.
Amanda Pedersen-Henry and Mallory Potts have been the two leaders of the Wildcat offense. Pedersen-Henry leads Villanova in total kills with 102 with Potts second with 88. Pots’ kills per set average of 3.38 ranks eighth in the BIG EAST. As a team, Villanova ranks fifth in kills (13.00 k/s) and seventh in hitting percentage (.222).
Emma Decker has been the Wildcat setter this season. Decker’s 10.74 assist per set average ranks third in the BIG EAST.
Defensively, Regan Lough has been the team leader as she has tallied 146 digs (3.84 d/s) this season.
The Georgetown Hoya have started the season with a record of 6-6. The Hoyas last played at the Rice Adidas Invitational where they went 0-3, dropping matches against Arkansas State, Stephen F. Austin, and Rice.
The Georgetown attack has been carried by the play of Symone Speech. Speech ranks first in the BIG EAST for hitting percentage with .438 and ranks fifth in kills per set with 3.54 (179 total on the season). As a team, however, Georgetown ranks fourth in hitting percentage (.233) but ninth in kills (12.44 k/s).
Paige McKnight has set the attack for the Hoyas as she leads Georgetown with 422 assists (9.17 a/s).
Kenzie Higareda has been the leader of the Hoya defense as she has totaled 202 digs with an average of 4.21 digs a set.
As a team, the Hoyas rank ninth in assists (11.29 a/s) and last in digs (13.02 d/s).
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