Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Women's Volleyball: #11 Oregon 3 George Washington 2

Chidima Osuchukwu (#8) rises above the competition

From our friends at GW Athletics...

GW Volleyball Falls Just Short in 3-2 Loss to #11 Oregon

Four players post double-digit kills in home opener

Four players finished with double-digit kills, led by junior Chidima Osuchukwu's match-high 18 winners, but the George Washington volleyball team fell to No. 11 Oregon, 3-2 on Tuesday night at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 25-20, 25-22, 16-25, 15-25, 11-15.

Osuchukwu recorded her second career double-double with 18 kills and 10 blocks (one solo, nine assists). She swung .300 for the match and added three digs to lead the attack.

Nice debut for Auburn-transfer Kristel Moor (#15)

Freshman Kelsey Clark had a breakout performance, finishing with 15 kills and 11 digs for her first collegiate double-double. She added three blocks (one solo, two assists) and one service ace.

Great turnout at Smith Center

GW (1-3) hit a combined .263 (29k-9e-76a) across the first two sets while limiting Oregon (5-0) to a .086 (21k-15e-69a) attack percentage to build a 2-0 lead before the Ducks rallied.

After the break... and ready for action

Osuchukwu recorded seven of her 18 kills in the first set as the Colonials posted a 4-1 advantage in blocks and forced eight attack errors en route to a 25-20 win.

Frosh Kelsey Clark (#4) had 15 kills and 11 digs

The momentum carried over to the second set with Clark putting down six kills to lead the attack. GW limited the Ducks to a .069 (9k-7e-29a) swing percentage in the frame while tallying five team blocks to take a 2-0 lead into the break.

10 kills for junior Loren Williams (#7)

The Colonials committed just two attack errors in the third set but Oregon swung .400 (20k-4e-40a) and tallied 21 digs to get on the board with a 25-16 win and cut the deficit to 2-1. In the fourth set, GW's 13 attack errors allowed Oregon to tie the match at 2-2 with a 25-15 win.

Oregon celebrates their comeback victory

The Ducks opened the fifth set on a 3-0 run but the Colonials battled back to tie the frame at 3-3. From there, Oregon created separation with a 6-2 run to pull ahead 9-5 and force a timeout. GW would not go quietly, getting within one point of the lead at 11-10 on the heels of a 5-2 run, but Oregon closed with a 4-1 spurt to clinch the match.

Maggie Scott led the Ducks with 48 assists

Senior Maggie Skejlebred (10 kills, seven digs, three block assists) and junior Loren Williams (10 kills, two block assists) also finished with double-digit kills for the Colonials.

Maggie Skejlebred (#12) added 10 kills

Senior Jordan Timmer facilitated the offense with 53 assists and added eight digs and six block assists.

Jordan Timmer (#18) led all players with 53 assists

Senior Maddy Doyle led the team with 18 digs.

Senior Maddy Doyle (#16) led the Colonials with 18 digs

GW returns to action on Friday with a doubleheader to open the George Washington Invitational at the Smith Center. The Colonials will face Princeton at 10:00 AM before squaring off with UC Davis in the nightcap at 7:30 PM.

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Click here for last night's box score.