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Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview

Junior Lauren Whyte leads the GW Volleyball team against A-10 foes Fordham and Rhode Island this weekend at the Charles E. Smith Center.

Oct. 13, 2011

A preview of George Washington's athletic events this weekend. The Colonials' volleyball team and women's soccer team will host Atlantic 10 Conference matches at home while the men's soccer, men's tennis, men's water polo, men's and women's swimming and men's and women's cross country teams hit the road.

For a schedule of all GW Varsity Athletic events, check out the Super Scoreboard.


The George Washington volleyball team returns to action with a pair of Atlantic 10 conference matches at the Charles E. Smith Center this weekend. The Colonials host Fordham Friday at 6 p.m. and Rhode Island Sunday at 1 p.m.

GW (13-6, 2-3 A-10) split a pair of A-10 matches last weekend, falling to Dayton, 3-0, last Friday before rallying to knock off Xavier, 3-2, on Sunday.

Junior libero Candace Silva-Martin leads the A-10 with 4.83 digs per set and ranks second overall with 309 digs. She became GW's all-time leader in digs on against the Flyers and now has 1,467 for her career.

Sophomore Jamie Armstrong was named the Atlantic 10 Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week Monday after totaling 10 blocks last week. She was instrumental in the comeback victory over Xavier, finishing with eight blocks, including four (one solo, three assisted) in the decisive fifth set.

Fordham (5-15, 2-3 A-10) enters the weekend on a five-match losing streak, but boasts a 2-3 A-10 mark with victories over La Salle and Temple. Sophomore Krissy Buongiorno was named the Atlantic 10 Volleyball Rookie of the Week Monday and is currently tied with teammate Randi Ewing for second in the conference with 1.12 blocks per set.

Rhode Island (10-9, 2-3 A-10) will visit Charlotte Friday night before Sunday's tilt with the Colonials.

GW vs. Fordham - Fri., Oct. 14
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GW vs. Rhode Island - Sun., Oct. 16
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The George Washington women's soccer team returns to Mount Vernon Field to host Atlantic 10 opponents for the remainder of regular-season play, beginning Friday with nationally ranked No. 21 Dayton.

Last Friday's contest between the Colonials (4-8-2, 1-1-2 A-10) and Saint Joseph's ended in a 0-0 double-overtime draw. It was the third straight overtime game, as well as third straight shutout for GW.

The Buff and Blue entered Sunday's match with Temple with an unbeaten conference record, but were ultimately edged out by the Owls, 1-0.

Nationally-ranked Dayton (11-2-0, 2-1-0 A-10) snapped a six-game win streak when the Flyers dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to undefeated La Salle on Friday. Dayton was the first and only team to score on the Explorers during the 2011 season. UD then defeated Fordham, 2-1, on Sunday. The Colonials' match with the Flyers is set for Friday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m.

Xavier (5-6-1, 0-3-0 A-10) opened conference play with a 0-3 mark, falling to Dayton, Fordham and La Salle. The Musketeers were edged by the Flyers, 2-1, in double-overtime on Sept. 23, then dropped back-to-back matches to Fordham, 2-1, and nationally-ranked La Salle, 5-0, last weekend. Xavier matches up with Richmond on Friday before heading to GW on Sunday for a 1 p.m. contest.

GW vs. Dayton - Fri., Oct. 14
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GW vs. Xavier - Sun., Oct. 16
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The George Washington men's soccer team looks to retain an unblemished record in the Atlantic 10 this weekend when the Colonials make a Midwest swing to face Dayton and defending conference champion Xavier on Friday and Sunday.

The Colonials (4-4-2) opened A-10 play last weekend with a 2-0-0 start for the first time since 2000 with a 4-0 victory over Saint Joseph's and a 2-0 win over Temple. Junior Mattia Melillo, the reigning Conference Co-Player of the Week, helped GW to back-to-back wins with a career-best two goals against the Hawks on Friday and assists on both goals against the Owls on Sunday.

Dayton (1-11-0, 0-2-0 A-10) is currently riding an eight-game losing streak, including a 0-2 stretch in conference action with losses to La Salle (2-0) and Fordham (1-0) last weekend. The Flyers have registered just six goals on the year and have been shutout five times in the last seven contests.

Defending A-10 Champion Xavier (6-2-2, 0-1-1 A-10) has yet to win a conference game this season, having opened play with a 1-0 loss to Fordham and a 2-2 double-overtime draw with La Salle. The Musketeers' Luke Spencer ranks second in the conference behind GW's Yoni Berhanu with five goals on the year, and Will Walker sits atop the assists category with five helpers.

The Colonials match up with Dayton on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. contest with Xavier on Sunday.

Friday, Oct. 14 - GW at Dayton

Sunday, Oct. 16 - GW at Xavier
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The George Washington men's tennis team will compete at the three-day UVA Fall Classic this weekend for the sixth straight year. The tournament will take place from Oct. 14-16 at the Sheridan Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville, Va.

This weekend marks the fourth straight weekend of competition and sixth tournament for GW. Most recently, the Colonials competed at the Navy Invitational and the ITA/D'Novo All-American Championships.

Sophomore Viktor Svensson came away from the Navy Invitational as the Flight 1 Champion with a 2-1 record on the weekend. At the ITA/D'Novo All-American Championships, junior Alexander van Gils and sophomore Ulrik Thompson won their way to the final qualifying round of the tournament, but after splitting two matches on the final day, the pair did not advance to the main doubles draw.

Freshman Francisco Dias led the Colonials in singles play, earning a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the first qualifying round. Dias ultimately fell in the second round of qualifying action to the 107th-ranked player in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

Results from the UVA Fall Classic will be made available after each day of competition.


The George Washington men's and women's swimming teams will compete in a pair of tri-meets this weekend with cross-town foes American and Catholic. The Colonials head to Catholic for a 5 p.m. meet on Friday evening then head to American for a 12 p.m. meet on Saturday.

It will be the second meet of the season for GW, who recently competed at the Potomac Relays Invitational, hosted by American. The women's squad finished second out of six teams, while the men's team finished third out of seven teams.

Results from the tri-meet with American and Catholic will be made available after the completion of each day.


The George Washington men's water polo team returns to action Saturday against nationally-ranked No. 15 Bucknell (8-2, 3-1 CWPA) in Lewisburg, Pa.

The Bison defeated GW, 10-8, on Sept. 25 at the Charles E. Smith Center in a match that saw the Colonials playing without its top two scorers.

The Colonials look to bounce back after a 16-7 loss to No. 17 Navy Wednesday night. Junior goalkeeper Cameron Illes matched a season high with 17 saves. Nate Little led the offense with three goals.


The George Washington men's and women's cross country programs will return to action at the Leopard Invitational, hosted by Lafayette College, Saturday morning. The men's race begins at 10 a.m. and the women's race will run at approximately 10:45 a.m.

Junior Julia Weir finished in ninth place at the Mason Invitational on Oct. 1 to lead the GW women to a sixth-place finish out of eight teams. Freshman Marco Siragusa was the top performer for the men's team, finishing in 56th place.