Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ready. Set. Volleyball!

Junior Jamie Armstrong (3) leads Colonials over UMBC

The George Washington women's volleyball team won its home opener in dramatic fashion last night, edging UMBC 3-2 (25-15, 19-25, 26-24, 16-25, 15-7) before an announced crowd of 367 at the Charles E. Smith Center.

Junior Jamie Armstrong and 2011 A-10 1st Team All-Conference Lauren Whyte led a balanced attack with 18 and 21.5 points respectively. Whyte topped the Colonials with 19 kills, while Armstrong racked up an impressive .591 attack percentage (a career-high.) After opening the season 0-6, GW has a modest two game win streak as it prepares for tomorrow's Maryland Invitational opener against nationally ranked Tennessee (5:00 PM at Comcast Pavilion in College Park.)

The atmosphere at Smith Center was terrific, especially given the size of the crowd. As a men's basketball season ticket holder, I was overwhelmed by the exuberance displayed by fans and players alike. This was my first women's volleyball match, but I guarantee you it won't be my last.

The Colonials return to Smith Center on September 14th to host Princeton in the GW/Nike Invitational, part of a five-game home stand.

Click here for last night's box score.