"We've had some competitive, exciting games against Rutgers the past two seasons, so we're happy to have them back on the schedule for their first season in the Big Ten," said GW Head Coach Mike Lonergan. "It will also mark the first of our several trips to the New York Metro area in 2014-15. It's great that our guys and program will once again compete in front of a big group of Colonials fans, students and alumni."
With this news, here's an updated look at the 2014-15 schedule to date with two Big Ten opponents, a local ACC rival and the loaded Diamond Head Classic field. Additional games and ticket info will be announced in the coming weeks.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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