Saturday, November 1, 2014

GW Volleyball Downs George Mason 3-0, For #RevRivalry Sweep

Maddy Doyle (#16) leads another celebration

From our friends at GW Athletics...

Osuchukwu, Davidson and Newman Tally Double-Digit Kills

Sophomore Chidima Osuchukwu and freshman Aaliya Davidson each finished with 12 kills and senior Kelsey Newman added 10 winners as the George Washington volleyball team earned a 3-0 sweep over visiting George Mason on Friday night at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 25-21, 25-23, 25-21.

With the victory, GW (17-7, 7-3 A-10) earns the season sweep over George Mason (6-18, 2-8 A-10), earns a second point in the Revolutionary Rivalry standings and improves its all-time record over the Patriots to 34-8.

Chidima Osuchukwu (#8) led GW with 15 points

The Colonials used a 10-1 run to build a 10-3 advantage midway through the first set before George Mason was able to erase most of the deficit and close the gap to within one point at 17-16. GW then regained the momentum and scored four straight points to take a 21-16 lead. George Mason refused to back down, erupting on a 5-1 run to once again pull within one but GW scored three straight points on kills by Newman and Davidson to clinch the set with a 25-21 win.

Frosh Aaliya Davidson (#11) tied for top honors with 12 kills

George Mason opened the second set on a 6-3 run but GW stormed back and tied the score at 10-10 on consecutive kills by sophomore Maggie Skjelbred. From there, the Patriots used a 4-1 spurt to take a 14-11 lead but the Colonials rattled off seven consecutive points to take a 18-14 advantage and force a timeout. GW did not trail again, but Mason pulled to within one point of the lead at 24-23 before a kill by Davidson clinched the set and put the Colonials ahead 2-0 in the match.

Kelsey Newman (#15) added 10 kills

The third set featured a series of substantial runs by each team as the squads fought through four ties and three lead changes. GW opened on an 8-2 run before Mason responded with a 10-3 spurt to claim a two-point lead at 13-11. The Colonials retaliated by scoring nine of the next 11 points to reclaim the lead at 20-15 en route to the 25-21 victory.

Obligatory Halloween shot (one of only two fans in costume)

Osuchukwu's 12 kills came against just one error for a .524 attack percentage. The reigning A-10 Co-Player of the Week added four blocks (two solo, two assist) for 15.0 points.

Maggie Skjelbred (#12) scored 10 points

Davison swung .231 on her 12 kills while Newman added eight digs and one block assist in addition to her 10 winners.

Jordan Timmer (#18) dances up a storm, en route to 40 assists

Junior Jordan Timmer facilitated the attack with 40 assists.

Head Coach Amanda Ault has some moves too!

The Colonials held statistical advantages in kills (48-36), attack percentage (.275-.170), service aces (3-2) and digs (45-36).

Maddy Doyle registered 9 digs

GW will conclude its home schedule next weekend when it hosts VCU (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Davidson (Saturday, 7 p.m.).

Emily Newell (#3) started, and scored 1 point 

Click here for last night's box score.