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Hi GW Volleyball families, friends, and fans!

 

I'm Kelsey Newman and I will be a senior outside hitter this fall. We just received word of our fall 2014 schedule and the team is very excited! Quick recap on our amazing 2013 season: We protected our court finishing 6-1 at home in conference, we defeated the #1 team in the A-10 at home with a court storm finish, the GW volleyball "Towel Gang" was born, and our team finished 3rd in the conference after the Atlantic 10 championship held here in the Smith Center. We spent the off season getting stronger in the weight room, smarter in the classroom, connected with the community, and tighter as a team. After such a phenomenal year we are more than excited for what 2014 has in store!

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@GWBaseball1 Recruit Filotei Chosen in MLB Draft

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Incoming George Washington baseball freshman Dalton Filotei was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 37th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday, but plans to honor his commitment and join the Colonials for his freshman season in 2015 according to AL.com. 

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Pops_Tony_euro-leagues_Twitter.jpgA pair of GW men's basketball alumni recently competed for top-tier professional league titles in Europe.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu ('06) aimed for his second Turkish Basketball League championship in the past three seasons, this time with Galatasaray from the capital city of Istanbul.  Mensah-Bonsu helped another Istanbul club, Besiktas, to the TBL title in 2012, earning league Player of the Year honors before participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with Great Britain's National Team.

In his first season abroad after competing in the NBA D-League and Summer Leagues last year, Tony Taylor ('12) helped guide his PGE Turow team in Zgorzelec to the championship series in the Polish Basketball League (PBL).

For additional info on Pops' and Tony's title quests, plus how other alumni fared in the pros this season, head to the jump.


Four members of the GW golf program competed or will compete in their respective State Amateur Championships this summer.

UPDATED 6/20: Incoming freshman Jack Porcelli became the latest GW player to qualify for a State Am with a 4-over-par 74 and tie for fifth at the New York State Men's Amateur Championship Long Island sectional qualifier at St. George's Golf and Country Club on Thursday, June 19.  Porcelli will now be part of the 156-player field at the 72-hole stroke play championship at Bellevue Country Club in Syracuse, New York from July 22-24.

Incoming freshman Vince Palazzolo qualified for the 113th New Jersey Amateur Championship at Knickerbocker Country Club from June 3-5.

Palazzolo opened with a 2-over-par 73, featuring two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 second hole, on Tuesday and was in a three-way tie for 19th when opening-round play was suspended (LIVE SCORING).  He'll look to make the 36-hole cut down to 40 players to compete in the final 36 holes of stroke play on Thursday, June 5.

Palazzolo tied for fifth at sectional qualifying at Jumping Brook Country Club with a 4-over-par 75 to gain entry into the 105-player state amateur.

UPDATED 6/6: Palazzolo made the 36-hole cut by two shots and finished tied for 27th at 18-over 302 (73-78-72-79).  He recorded the third-best round in the field during Thursday's opening 18 holes with a 1-over 72.

Rising sophomore Lucas Farmer will participate in the 93rd Maryland State Amateur from June 5-8 on Baltimore Country Club's East Course.

Farmer earned his way into the 135-player championship with a round of 4-over 76 and a tie for 22nd place at Andrews Air Force Base's East Course on May 21.  He will play in an 18-hole qualifying round on Thursday, seeking entry into a match play field of 32 which will compete throughout the weekend.

UPDATED 6/6: Farmer carded an 11-over 81 in qualifying and did not reach the match play finals.

Rising senior Jack Persons qualified for the California State Amateur at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad after recording an even-par 71 in a Northern California sectional qualifier at Granite Bay Golf Club on May 27.  Incoming freshman Zack Bailey carded a six-over 77 and tied for 35th in that same qualifier.

Persons tied for sixth to secure one of the eight qualifying spots available from the 64-player field and will now compete in the 103rd CGA Amateur from June 16-21.

UPDATED 6/18: After an opening round 3-over-par 75, Persons followed with an even-par 72 in the second round to reach Match Play in which he dropped a 3&2 decision to fourth-seed Paul Smith in the Round of 32.

The George Washington men's rowing team totaled 61 points to place 13th overall in the Ten Eyck Award standings following a historic weekend at the IRA National Championships on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, New Jersey.

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@GW_Volleyball Summer Blog Series: Timmer Time #1

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Hello GW Volleyball Family, Friends and Fans, 

 I am excited to share with you my experiences here at GW this summer. My name is Jordan Timmer and I am a junior setter. I am majoring in biology and am from Lowell, Michigan. Our fall schedule was just released and we are ready to have another great season building from where we left off in the spring. This spring our team grew together as one unit with one goal. We grew on and off the court, in the classroom, weight room and closer together. I have no doubt that this upcoming season will be one for the books, I am excited to have everyone back together and getting better each and every day.

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BKC3-21-14-188.jpgOn Monday, June 2, ESPN.com published the first part of its series of the Top 50 coaches in men's college basketball.  The list was compiled via a vote of ESPN's Forecast panel - 100 ESPN writers, editors, broadcasters and researchers to rate college basketball coaches on all aspects of running a program.

While GW men's basketball Coach Mike Lonergan didn't crack the Top 50, former college hoops coach and current ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla weighed in on the most underrated coaches in the country and those he felt were omitted from the Top 50.

"There are five Atlantic 10 coaches on this Top 50 list but no Lonergan. I get it. He is not yet a household name. But coaches know coaches and Lonergan has the utmost respect of his peers," wrote Fraschilla regarding Coach Lonergan.

Aside from helping GW to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007 and its second-most wins in program history with 24 in 2013-14, Coach Lonergan has been one of the most consistently successful coaches in college basketball over the past two decades.  He is one of the winningest coaches in all of NCAA Division I, ranking 21st among active coaches with a .676 winning percentage (424-203) and 37th on the active victories list, and has averaged more than 20 wins per season during his 21 years as a collegiate head coach.  And he's signed to be the coach in Foggy Bottom through 2020-21.  Pretty good for underrated.

After the jump, read Fraschilla's full ESPN Insider account on the underrated Coach Lonergan.


@GW_Volleyball Summer Blog Series

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Each week during the summer the 22&G Blog will bring you blog posts from one of three GW Volleyball student-athletes.

The blog series will focus on the unique journeys of Natalie Leger, Jordan Timmer and Kelsey Newman

Each year, DigitalHoopsBlast.com's Andy Pawlowski recounts the best practices in sports digital and social media, focusing primarily on basketball, across the top conferences in the country.

In DHB's recent countdown of the top 10 great ideas from the Atlantic 10, GW led its conference counterparts with three selections.

Check out which three ideas made the cut after the jump.

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@GWGymnastics Names 2015 Captains

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Rising seniors Elena Corcoran and Courtney Willoughby have been named the captains of the 2015 George Washington gymnastics team after a team-wide vote at the conclusion of the 2014 spring semester.

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