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GW Baseball Announces Buff & Blue World Series

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The George Washington baseball team has announced a three-day, intrasquad series will conclude its 2015 fall practice schedule. The Buff & Blue World Series will be played on October 23-25 at Tucker Field at Barcroft Park.


GW Women's Water Polo Commemorates 9/11

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Today is September 11, a day which rocked this country 14 years ago. The GW women's water polo team, though just small children in 2001, wanted to find a way to commemorate it.  

The Colonials proved they are champions in our community by finding a way to give back just a week after returning to campus. As part of a larger project called A Million Thanks, the team sacrificed its Labor Day holiday by writing letters of appreciation to the servicemen and servicewomen who have sacrificed so much for this country.

"To come together as a group and say thank you to the people who serve or have served our country was amazing for all of us," said graduate student Mikaela Pyrch. "A more rewarding day could not be found."

The letter-writing project was only the beginning for the women's water polo squad, as Pyrch said she and her teammates plan to remain active in the community throughout the 2015-16 academic year.

"As a competitive team at GW we have come to take to heart how crucial community support is," she said. "It is our goal and we want to give back and show as much appreciation for our community this year as possible."

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The George Washington volleyball and women's soccer teams joined together for a preseason barbecue on Saturday.  For the third straight year, the squads combined for a large dinner and some fun before classes and regular-season competition begins.

Preseason training is a crucial time when student-athletes get acclimated to campus life, rigorous training and new teammates.  Team bonding is just as important during this time as physical training and skill work. 

The time we have during preseason as a team is such an important piece to our start of the year," said head volleyball coach Amanda Ault. "It gives our new group a chance to gel and get to know one another before school starts up and our campus is in full swing. It's nice to have a night to come together and let both teams get away from training for a bit and recharge with their friends."

Aside from getting an opportunity to spend time with teammates outside of practice, student-athletes appreciate interacting with members of another team. 

"Our team dinner with volleyball is something we all look forward to every year," said women's soccer junior MacKenzie Cowley. "It gives us a chance to engage with other GW female student-athletes in a fun environment. Team bonding is a very important part of our team's culture because building good team chemistry starts off the field."

This year's entertainment included a lip-sync battle among the student-athletes that allowed members of different teams to work in groups. Creating bonds between squads will help encourage inter-sport support during each team's competition season. 

"This year's volleyball-women's soccer team dinner was the pinnacle of our annual preseason dinners," said head women's soccer coach Sarah Barnes.  "The food and company were fantastic, and the lip-sync competitions were the highlight. The student-athletes were clever and funny and put a lot of creativity into it. We are looking forward to the start of our season and excited to watch and support volleyball as their team reaches new heights this year."

The Women's soccer team kicks off the regular season on Friday, Aug. 21, in Fullerton, California, against UC Riverside, and the volleyball squad travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the Michigan Invitational from Aug. 28-29. 

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George Washington baseball rising senior Luke Olson has earned his second New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) Weekly Honor Roll recognition of the summer season as he continues to shine as a relief pitcher for the Plymouth Pilgrims.


George Washington baseball rising junior Colin Gibbons-Fly and rising sophomore Mark Osis were each named All-Stars in their respective summer leagues and will compete this week in league festivities.

George Washington baseball rising senior Luke Olson was named to the Weekly Honor Roll for the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) after blanking the opposition across 5.2 innings of work for the Plymouth Pilgrims.


@GW_WBB's Anderson Interning at the State Department

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Located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., George Washington University offers its students a plethora of internship opportunities to gain experience in nearly any field imaginable. 
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Women's basketball rising senior DaLacy Anderson is taking advantage of the school's prime locale by completing a summer internship at the Department of State's White House Liaison's Office.

"I was interested in interning at DoS because I wanted to gain experience as a civil servant," said Anderson, a marketing major. "In doing so I hope to incorporate my business marketing background, along with my organizational and problem-solving skills, which I feel have been put to use during my internship at the WHL Office."

The White House Liaison's Office is responsible for slating, interviewing and appointing political appointees to serve in President Obama's administration at the State Department. As an intern, Anderson's role includes scheduling meetings for the Acting and Deputy White House Liaisons, scheduling informational interviews for potential appointees and creating and implementing special projects and programs for the WHL Office.

"I have had the opportunity to network with various people, as well as attend seminars about different offices and bureaus within the State Department," said Anderson, who will graduate next spring. "I have gained a lot of information on the different bureaus and offices that I did not not about prior to my internship. For example, I attended a seminar about the Office of Protocol and how they handle visits and events for the president, vice president and foreign ambassadors when they visit the U.S. After attending the seminar, I left feeling like that would be an office I would love to be a part of after I graduate."

George Washington baseball freshman Robbie Metz, already an Atlantic 10 All-Rookie selection, was named Second Team All-Atlantic 10 by College Sports Madness. 


George Washington softball junior Carlee Gray and senior Victoria Valos have been named to College Sports Madness' Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team.

The Colonials' batting leader with a .369 average, Gray started 46 games at first base for the Buff and Blue in 2015, committing just two errors on the season.  The co-captain ranked second on the team in RBIs (23), hits (48), slugging percentage (.508) and on-base percentage (.487). Gray legged out four triples on the season, good for second in the conference, and ranked eighth in the A-10 in on-base percentage. Gray earned All-Academic honors from the conference for her strong performance on the field and stellar work in the classroom. 

Valos' .358 average put the shortstop second on the squad, and the three-time co-captain led GW in RBIs (42), home runs (8), slugging percentage (.658), on-base percentage (.487) and walks (32).  Valos will graduate as GW's all-time leader in career hits (206), runs scored (139), doubles (51), home runs (36), RBIs (170), extra-base hits (91), total bases (373), slugging percentage (.629), on-base percentage (.433), at-bats (593) and games started (199).

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@GWSquash Hosts SquashWise at LHWC

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The George Washington men's and women's squash teams continued its relationship with Baltimore's SquashWise program last week at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center.



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