Thursday, October 22, 2015

Women's Volleyball: George Washington 3 American 2

Colonials celebrate 3-2 comeback victory over American

From our friends at GW Athletics...

GW Volleyball Rallies to Stun American, 3-2

Colonials improve to 5-0 against District teams with come-from-behind win

The George Washington volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit and erased an early 4-0 hole while fighting off match point three times in the final set en route to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over American on Wednesday night at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 13-25, 19-25, 25-20, 26-24, 20-18.

With the win, GW (16-7) ended American's (17-6) nine-match win streak and improved to a perfect 5-0 against Washington, D.C.-area teams this season.

"I really liked our grit tonight," said head coach Amanda Ault. "We did not back down. We put ourselves in a really tough spot and we fought our way out of it. The plays that were being made in the fifth set by both teams were incredible. I like that it didn't rattle us. There were times where they had match point and we still did not back down. It was a great win."

GW head coach Amanda Ault

Junior Chidima Osuchukwu became the 13th member of GW's 1,000-kill club after finishing with a match-high tying 19 kills. She swung .295 for the match and added seven blocks (one solo, six assists) to pace three Colonials in double-digit kills.

Chidima Osuchukwu (#8) led GW with 19 kills

Sophomore Aaliya Davidson added a career-high 17 kills in addition to 13 digs and four block assists for her first career double-double. Freshman Kelsey Clark contributed 12 kills, two digs and five block assists.

Aaliya Davidson (#11) registered 17 kills

Senior Maddy Doyle, the Atlantic 10 digs leader, passed a career-high 30 digs and added seven assists and one service ace.

Maddy Doyle (#17) led all players with a career-high 30 digs

The Colonials fell in an early 2-0 hole after swinging a combined .049 (21k-17e-81a) across the first two sets as American picked up wins by scores of 25-13 and 25-19, respectively.

The momentum started to turn in GW's favor in the third set, as the defense posted 6.0 team rejections and 21 digs while limiting the Eagles to a .048 (11k-9e-42a) attack percentage en route to a 25-20 win.

Kelsey Clark (#4, 12 kills) celebrates

American led for a majority of the fourth set, pulling ahead by three points at 24-21 late in the frame to serve for match point. Consecutive kills by Davidson and senior Maggie Skjelbred pulled the Colonials within one at 24-23, forcing an AU timeout. Out of the break, Davidson put down the match-tying kill to knot the score at 24-24. The Colonials' defense then proceeded to force consecutive attack errors to take the set, 26-24.

6 kills & 5 block assists for senior Maggie Skjelbred (#12)

The Eagles sprinted out to a 4-0 lead to open the fifth set and led 8-5 at the changeover before using a service ace to extend the lead to 9-5 and force a GW timeout.

Out of the break, the Colonials scored five of the next seven points to pull within one point of the lead at 11-10 and force an AU timeout. The Eagles scored the next two points out of the stoppage to pull ahead, 13-10, and force the Colonials to use their second timeout. Momentum changed back to GW's side with two quick points to get within one at 13-12, forcing AU to burn its final timeout.

An attack error by AU knotted the score at 13-13 before the Eagles got to match point for the first time at 14-13, but a kill by Osuchukwu tied the score again at 14-14. GW then got to match point on a kill by freshman Hanna Justesen, but the Eagles retaliated to tie the score. Senior Jordan Timmer put the Colonials at match point again at 16-15, but two quick points by AU turned the tables and had them serving for the match at 17-16.

The teams traded kills until AU was serving for the match once more at 18-17, but a kill by Davidson tied the score for the final time at 18-18 before GW's defense forced consecutive attack errors to clinch the match, 20-18.

Timmer recorded her ninth double-double of the season and the 23rd of her career with 56 assists and 15 digs.

Skjelbred was a force at the net with six total blocks (one solo, five assists) and added six kills and three digs.

GW resumes its Atlantic 10 schedule with a pair of home matches this weekend. The Colonials will host Rhode Island on Friday (7 PM) and Fordham on Saturday (7 PM.)

Click here for last night's box score.