Sunday, September 14, 2014

GW Volleyball Falls to Illinois State, 3-1

Another double-double for Jordan Trimmer (#18)

From our friends at GW Athletics...

Timmer's Double-Double of 32 Assists, 14 Digs Paces Colonials

Junior Jordan Timmer recorded her second double-double of the weekend and team-leading sixth of the season with 32 assists and 14 digs, but the George Washington volleyball team was unable to overcome a 2-0 deficit and fell to Illinois State, 3-1, in the final match of the Colonials Challenge on Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 23-25, 20-25, 25-15, 19-25.

Sophomore Chidima Osuchukwu and senior Kelsey Newman were each named to the All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the tournament. Osuchukwu swung .357 in the three matches with 29 kills along with nine block assists, while Newman paced GW with a team-leading 34 kills in addition to 15 digs and two block assists.

Maggie Skjelbred (#12) led the Colonials with 13 points

GW (6-3) swung a combined .095 (22k-14e-84a) through the first two sets and was unable to offset Illinois State's .223 attack percentage (29k-12e-76a) as the Red Birds claimed the first two sets by scores of 25-23 and 25-20.

All-Tourney selection Chidima Osuchukwu

The Colonials responded in the third set by hitting a match-best .184 and holding Illinois State (6-5) to just eight kills and an .062 attack percentage. The teams traded points through the first portion of the frame before three straight points by GW built a 9-6 advantage. The Colonials eventually extended the lead to four points at 14-10 and forced a timeout.

Kelsey Newman (#15) also earned All-Tourney honors

Out of the stoppage, GW continued to apply pressure with a 6-2 run to extend the lead to 20-12 and yielded just three points the rest of the way to earn the 25-15 win.

Loren Williams (#7) scored 10 points

The Colonials started the fourth set on a 5-1 run but Illinois State rallied to take the lead at 14-11. The Colonials could not recover and the Red Birds clinched the match with a 25-19 win.

Practice makes perfect? Not always.

Sophomore Loren Williams paced GW's attack in the loss with nine kills, seven digs and two block assists. Osuchukwu added eight winners and four block assists while junior Maggie Skjelbred totaled eight kills and six block assists.

Maddy Doyle paced GW with 18 digs

The Colonials return to action on Tuesday evening with a non-conference clash against District rival Georgetown. First serve is scheduled at 7 p.m. at the Smith Center.

Aaliya Davidson (#11) added 6.5 points

Click here for yesterday's box score.

Colonials Challenge Final Standings
Baylor 3-0
Illinois State 2-1
GW 1-2
Columbia 0-3

All-Tournament Team
MVP: Katie Staiger (Baylor)
Kaitlyn Early (Illinois State)
Andie Malloy (Baylor)
Chidima Osuchukwu (GW)
Kaelyn Keene (Illinois State)
Emily Schneider (Illinois State)
Kelsey Newman (GW)