Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GW Volleyball Downs Georgetown, 3-0

The Colonials earn an "A" for celebrating

From our friends at GW Athletics...

Colonials Never Trail in Straight-Sets Victory

The George Washington volleyball team avenged last season's loss, and put together one of its best all-around performances of the season in a straight-sets victory over visiting Georgetown on Tuesday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 25-22, 25-16, 25-6.

GW (7-3) hit .310 (40k-14e-84a) for the match while limiting Georgetown (6-4) to just 17 kills. Additionally, the Colonials posted an advantage of at least two-to-one in kills, assists, service aces, digs and blocks.

Kelsey Newman (#15) led all scorers with 15.5 points

GW, which never trailed in the match, opened the first set on a 6-1 run on the way to a 25-22 victory. The Colonials defense recorded four team blocks in the opening frame while limiting the Hoyas to just seven kills in 28 attempts.

Maddy Doyle (#16) led all players with 15 digs

Senior Kelsey Newman rattled off three consecutive service aces to open the second set as the Colonials used a 10-5 run to open the frame and forced Georgetown to use a timeout. Out of the stoppage, GW erupted on a 9-5 run to take a 19-10 lead and would cruise to a 25-16 victory to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.

Sophomore sensation Chidima Osuchukwu scored 8 points

GW's best set of the night came in the third as the Colonials swung a blistering .667 with 12 kills against zero errors en route to a 25-6 win. GW opened the set on a 7-1 run and converted on 100-percent (7-for-7) of side-out opportunities.

Osuchukwu & Jordan Trimmer (18) dominated the net

The six points allowed in the third set mark the lowest amount of points in a single set by the Colonials since the 2011 season. It is also just the third time since rally scoring was changed from 30 to 25 at the start of the 2001 season that GW has yielded six points or less in a single frame.

Emily Clemens dished out a game-high 21 assists

With the win, GW has now won six of the past eight meetings with Georgetown and extends its all-time series lead to 36-29.

Head coach Amanda Ault picked up career win #53

Freshman Aaliya Davidson tied for the team lead with 11 kills on the night, while committing just one attack error in 18 attempts for a .556 attack percentage.

Aaliya Davidson (#11) was all smiles with 11 kills

Newman finished with 11 kills and six digs in addition to a career-high four service aces.

Home-court advantage!

Freshman Christina Porada also contributed to GW's season-high of eight service aces with two of her own in addition to seven digs.

Christina Porada (#1) was serving up "aces"

Junior Maddy Doyle led all players with 15 digs while sophomore Chidima Osuchukwu, junior Maggie Skjelbred and junior Jordan Timmer patrolled the net.

Osuchukwu finished with a match-high four blocks (one solo, three assists) while Skjelbred and Timmer each added three block assists apiece.

Sophomore Emily Clemens led all players with 21 assists along with two digs, two kills and one block assist.

The Colonials return to action with their final non-conference tournament of the season this weekend at the Valparaiso Crossroads of America Classic. GW will face Sacramento State on Friday at 4:30 p.m. before a Saturday doubleheader against Murray State (10:00 a.m.) and Valparaiso (7:00 p.m.).

Click here for tonight's box score.