Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Volleyball, Men's & Women's Soccer, Men's Water Polo, Cross Country and Women's Tennis In Action
Sept. 15, 2011
A preview of George Washington's varsity athletic events this weekend. The Colonials' volleyball, men's and women's soccer, men's water polo, cross country and women's tennis teams are all in action this weekend.
The George Washington volleyball team, off to its best start to a season since 2003, will head west this weekend and look to extend its 10-match win streak at the San Diego Invitational at Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Colonials open the tournament on Friday against Indiana at 8:00 p.m. ET, before facing nationally ranked No. 17 San Diego (3:00 p.m. ET) and UC Santa Barbara (5:00 p.m. ET) on Saturday.
The Colonials twice rallied from a set down to stun district rival Georgetown and clinch the DC Challenge championship on Tuesday night at Smith Center.
Junior Lauren Whyte leads the Colonials' attack with 130 kills. Junior Candace Silva-Martin, the reigning Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week, paces the defense with 149 digs while sophomore Jamie Armstrong leads the team with 31 total blocks.
Junior Katie Crosby directs the offense with 403 assists for an A-10 leading 11.51 assists per set.
San Diego Invitational
Friday Sept. 16 at Jenny Craig Pavilion
GW (10-0) vs. Indiana (7-2) - 8:00 p.m. ET | Gametracker
#17 San Diego (10-0) vs. UC Santa Barbara (5-4) - 10:00 p.m. ET
Saturday Sept. 17 at Jenny Craig Pavilion
UC Santa Barbara vs. Indiana - 1:00 p.m. ET
GW vs. #17 San Diego - 3:00 p.m. ET | Gametracker | Watch Live
GW vs. UC Santa Barbara - 8:00 p.m. ET | Gametracker
Indiana vs. #17 San Diego - 10:00 p.m. ET
Gametracker | Watch Live on GW All-Access | Live Blog
GW will seek its second straight victory Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., when it hosts Bryant in its lone non-conference match at Mount Vernon Field.
The Colonials are coming off a 1-0 victory against USC Upstate at the Coastal Carolina Invitational in Conway, S.C., on Sunday. Sophomore Alex Sandland headed in his first collegiate goal in the 39th minute to lift the Colonials past the Spartans. Junior goalkeeper Alejandro Almodovar and senior center back Brice Carr helped GW post the clean sheet and earned All-Tournament honors along with sophomore Andrew Aluko, who assisted Sandland's game-winning goal.
Saturday's match marks the first-ever between the Colonials and Bulldogs, who enter the contest with a 0-2-1 mark following 1-1 draw at Rider on Sunday.
Saturday's match is also the centerpiece for Soccer Alumni Weekend, which will feature an alumni match from 10-11:30 a.m., at Mount Vernon, and an All-Athletic Alumni Reception at Charles E. Smith Center at 3:30 p.m.
MEN'S WATER POLO
GW (3-5) men's water polo travels east to Navy for the second time in three weeks to compete in this weekend's Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) North/South Tournament.
The Colonials' event schedule is set and features Washington & Jefferson (2-1) at Scott Natatorium on Saturday at 3:00 p.m., followed by Sunday contests in Lejeune Hall against Connecticut College (0-0) at 10:20 a.m., and Brown (2-4) at 2:45 p.m.
After opening the season with a 3-1 mark at the Navy Open, a series of slow starts plagued the Colonials against stiff competition at last weekend's Princeton Invitational. Sophomore Nate Little led the team with 10 goals last weekend, while classmate Daniel Tyner currently paces the team with 21 goals and 28 points.
The George Washington women's soccer team looks to snap a two-game skid when it makes its first trip to Boiling Springs, N.C., to face Big South opponent Gardner-Webb on Friday, Sept. 16.
The Colonials dropped two straight matches to Davidson and Bryant in the Navy Invitational this past weekend, but are in search of their second straight win over the Runnin' Bulldogs in as many years. GW and GWU have faced off just once before - last September when the Colonials came away with a 1-0 victory at Mount Vernon Field.
Gardner-Webb notched its third tie of the season Sunday with a 0-0 double-overtime draw with Stetson. The squad owns an overall record of 2-1-3.
Action is slated for Friday at 7:00 p.m., at Greene-Harbison Field.
The men's and women's cross country teams return to action on Saturday in Annapolis, Md. The men will compete in the Navy Invitational, while the women will run in the annual Salty Dog Invitational, both on the Naval Academy Golf Course.
Both squads are coming off sixth-place finishes at the Mount St. Mary's Duals on Sept. 2. Junior Heather Stevens led the women's team with a 13th-place finish, while freshman Marco Siragusa paced the men with a 48th-place finish.
The George Washington women's tennis team opens the 2011 fall season at the two-day Tiger Classic hosted by Towson University in Towson, Md. It is the first time the Colonials will participate in the annual tournament.
The Colonials open up action on Friday, Sept. 16, with a 12:00 p.m. match against Delaware, followed by a contest against Atlantic 10 rival Saint Joseph's at 4:00 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 17, GW has an action-packed day consisting of three matches in six hours. The Colonials will take on Mary Washington at 11:00 a.m., George Mason at 1:00 p.m., and wrap up the tournament with host Towson at 5:00 p.m.