Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Volleyball, Swimming and Sailing Hit the Road for Weekend Competition
Nov. 9, 2012
VOLLEYBALL - @GW_Volleyball
The George Washington volleyball team will conclude its regular season with a visit to Pittsburgh, Pa., to face Duquesne on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
The Colonials can clinch a spot in the Atlantic 10 Championship field with a win over the Dukes on Saturday. GW can also get in with a loss and a combination of two wins by Fordham, Saint Louis or La Salle.
Last weekend, GW (10-17, 7-6 A-10) closed out its home schedule with a win over 3-0 win over Fordham and a 3-2 loss against Rhode Island. GW improved its home record under head coach Amanda Ault to 19-5 and now holds a 33-10 record at the Charles E. Smith Center over the past four seasons.
Senior Candace Silva-Martin became the Atlantic 10's all-time career digs leader and was named the A-10's Defensive Player of the Week after posting 54 digs last weekend.
GW defeated Duquesne (21-10, 8-5 A-10), 3-1, on October 5 at Smith Center. The two teams have developed a rivalry after the Dukes bounced the Colonials from last season's Atlantic 10 Championship. The Colonials responded by defeating Duquesne back in October on the strength of three double-doubles by senior Lauren Whyte (21 kills, 16 digs), sophomore Kelsey Newman (15 kills, 12 digs) and redshirt freshman Jessica Lubic (44 assists, 16 digs).
SQUASH - @GWSquash
The George Washington men's and women's squash teams, both ranked No. 16 in the College Squash Association (CSA) Preseason Poll, return to action with matches at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. on Sunday.
The men's team, currently holding its highest national ranking in program history at No. 16, will face Kenyon (9 a.m.) and No. 25 Hobart (11 a.m.). The Colonials won eight of nine matches in straight sets in last Friday's season-opening 9-0 sweep of Georgetown.
The women's team is also ranked No. 16 in the CSA Preseason Poll and will face Navy on Sunday at 11 a.m. The Colonials dominated Georgetown in Friday's home opener, sweeping all matches in straight sets.
MEN'S & WOMEN'S SWIMMING - @GWSwimming
The George Washington men's and women's swimming teams head to Towson on Saturday, Nov. 10 for their first road dual meet of the season. The Colonials and the Tigers will face off at 1 p.m. at Burdick Pool.
The Colonials' women's team is coming off its first dual meet victory of the season in a 135-114 win over Drexel at home last Saturday. The Buff and Blue swept the top three spots in three separate events and claimed top honors in eight of 14 total events. The men's team dropped a 136-124 decision to the undefeated Dragons, and senior Luke Quimby paced the squad with two first-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle and as a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Last season the women's team fell to Towson, 203-59, in the Smith Center Pool. The men's side earned a 141-121 victory in its dual-meet opener on the strength of 21 top-three finishes throughout the meet.
The Towson women enter Saturday's meet with an unblemished 5-0 mark and a 4-0 record in the Colonial Athletic Conference. Junior Kaitlin Burke was named CAA Swimmer of the Week after guiding the Tigers to wins over Old Dominion, George Mason and Northeastern last weekend. The men's squad is 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the CAA. The Tigers are coming off a 0-2 weekend after falling to Old Dominion and George Mason.
SAILING - @GW_Sailing
The George Washington sailing team will wrap its first semester as a varsity program with a pair of regattas this weekend - the Atlantic Coast Tournament at St. Mary's (Md.) College and Christopher Newport's Brennan Russell Regatta.
At the Atlantic Coast Tourney in St. Mary's City, Md., GW is slated to face teams from its Mid-Atlantic Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (MAISA), as well as programs from the South Atlantic Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (SAISA) and New England Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (NEISA).
The Colonials are set to take on Bowdoin, Boston Univ., Buffalo, Connecticut College, Coast Guard, Charleston, Cornell, Drexel, Northeastern, Rhode Island, St. Mary's (Md.), Salve Regina and Virginia. Seniors Ian Conners and Rebecca Engel will compete in the A Division, freshman Maria Sinagra and sophomore Matthew Ricci will sail in the B Division, and senior Richard Sant and freshman Alexandra Liggins will serve as alternate crews.
"It is a very deep field with a lot of parity between the teams, so it will be excellent racing for us and a good opportunity to show what we can do," said head coach John Pearce.
Further south in Newport News, Va., the Colonials will send eight sailors to the Brennan Russell Regatta. Freshmen Jay Spector and Benjamin Helfand, and sophomores Madeline Taggart and Meagan Murphy will race in the A Division, while sophomores Alexander Nelson and Jennifer Wilson, freshman Hannah McNomee and senior Skye Kussmann will sail in the B Division.