Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Volleyball, Sailing to Compete at Home; Men's Water Polo, Men's Soccer, Men's Tennis & Women's Soccer Hit the Road
Oct. 5, 2012
The George Washington volleyball team will return to the Charles E. Smith Center on Friday evening to host Duquesne in Atlantic 10 Conference action at 7 p.m. for Alumni Night.
All GW Alumni who buy a ticket will get one free. Fans are also encouraged to wear leis, grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Southwest Airlines. Students can also pick up their Colonials Invasion tickets at the match.
Friday's meeting serves as a rematch of last season's first round Atlantic 10 Championship tournament clash when the Colonials held a 2-0 lead over the Dukes before falling 3-2 at Dayton's Fredericks Center.
GW (5-13, 2-2) split its first weekend of road A-10 matches last week, falling at Butler, 3-0, before rebounding for a 3-2, come-from-behind victory at Saint Louis.
Senior Lauren Whyte has now totaled 235 kills through the season's first 18 matches and ranks third in the Atlantic 10 with 3.73 kills per set. She now has 1,463 career kills and ranks second all-time on GW's career kills list.
Two other Colonials have crossed the 100-kill threshold in sophomore Kelsey Newman and junior Jamie Armstrong. Newman ranks second on the team with 158 kills and third with 25 blocks (10 solo, 15 assists) while Armstrong ranks third with 114 kills and second on the team with 13 service aces.
Senior Candace Silva-Martin, already the owner of the career digs record and the top three spots on the single-season digs record list at GW, is now closing in on 2,000 career digs. She currently has 1,926 in her career and currently ranks fourth all-time on the Atlantic 10 career digs list.
Duquesne (15-5, 4-0 A-10), like George Washington, played an ambitious non-conference schedule that included matches against No. 1 Nebraska, No. 4 Penn State and No. 19 Kentucky.
The Dukes are off to a 4-0 start in conference play with wins over VCU, Charlotte, Saint Louis and Butler. Ashley Buse is one of the most proficient offensive players in the A-10 as she currently ranks second in the league with a .365 attack percentage. She has totaled 145 kills through 65 sets, one of five Duquesne players that have surpassed 100 kills on the year.
Allison Foschia is the Dukes top offensive threat. She leads the team with 209 kills in addition to 193 digs and 26 blocks. Sara Scheirman (174 kills), Arielle Love (165) and Marah Farage (106) are also key parts of the Dukes' attack.
Duquesne carries a six-match win streak into Friday's match and have won seven of their last eight matches.
SAILING - @GW_Sailing
The George Washington sailing team will compete on its home waters of the Potomac River for the first time as a varsity program at the South #2 - Tom Curtis Memorial Regatta - hosted by Georgetown this Saturday and Sunday at the Washington Sailing Marina.
The Washington Sailing Marina is located at 1 Marina Drive, Alexandria, VA 22314, just south of Reagan National Airport off the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Seniors Ian Conners and Rebecca Engel will sail for the Colonials in A Division, while freshman Maria Sinagra and sophomore Meagan Murphy will compete in the B Division. "I'm excited to put this A and B Division team into competition at the same regatta for the first time because they have been showing some really strong sailing in practice over the last few weeks," said first-year head coach John Pearce.
"This is our second and final chance to qualify for the War Memorial Regatta (MAISA Coed Fall Championships), which will be at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at the end of the month," added Coach Pearce. "There are two slots available for South region teams that have not already qualified, so we really need to be aggressive to make sure we seal up one of those spots."
The George Washington men's soccer team begins Atlantic 10 play this weekend with a pair of games in the Virginia state capital. The Colonials will take on Richmond on Friday at 7:30 p.m. before visiting conference newcomer VCU on Sunday at 4 p.m. GW (3-6-0) looks for a repeat of last season's magic, as the team entered 2011 league action with a 2-4-2 mark before going 7-2 against A-10 opponents to claim a share of the regular-season title.
GW is coming off a 3-1 loss to Longwood on Saturday, its fourth straight setback. Senior Seth Rudolph scored the Colonials' lone goal on a penalty kick in the 29th minute. Rudolph leads the team with four goals and eight points on the season. With 26 career goals, he needs one more to join GW's all-time top 10 list.
Richmond (4-5-0) has won three in a row following Tuesday's 2-1 double-overtime win over Liberty. Houston Oldham leads the Spiders with four goals and nine points, while goalie Thomas Hand has posted a 1.20 goals-against average in 524 minutes. Richmond has been outscored 14-8 on the season.
VCU (4-1-3) is ranked third in the Mid-Atlantic region and is receiving votes in the national poll. The Rams are coming off a 1-1 tie with Northeastern last Saturday and will host Charlotte on Friday before taking on GW. Jason Johnson leads VCU with six goals and 13 points, ranking second and third in the Atlantic 10, respectively. Goalie Andrew Wells has played every minute between the posts and has allowed just six goals, boasting a 0.68 goals-against average, which ranks second in the league.
GW holds a 9-3-3 all-time advantage over Richmond in a series which dates to 1975. Last season, the Colonials defeated the Spiders, 2-0, at GW Soccer Field. GW has not defeated VCU in two previous meetings, but the teams have not met since 2004.
The George Washington women's soccer team wraps up its five-match homestand and looks to snap a two-game skid when Atlantic 10 leader Charlotte comes to the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus on Saturday afternoon. The Kids Day/Camper Reunion match is slated for 3 p.m.
The Colonials (4-6-1, 0-2 A-10) are coming off back-to-back losses to Richmond and VCU, both by 2-0 scores, to open league play. Making just her second and third career starts in goal, freshman Shannon Murphy made eight saves total in the two contests.
Charlotte (8-3-1, 2-0 A-10) is coming off two conference-opening wins against VCU and Richmond last weekend. The 49ers defeated the Rams, 2-1, in overtime on Friday before shutting out Richmond, 2-0, on Sunday.
GW looks to garner its first-ever win against Charlotte this weekend as the 49ers own a 5-0 all-time record against the Colonials. The last time the two squads met was during the 2010 season, and the last time Charlotte made the trip to the GW Soccer Field was in 2008.
MEN'S TENNIS - @GWMensTennis
Four George Washington men's tennis student-athletes head to Charlottesville, Va., on Friday, Oct. 5 for the three-day UVA Fall Classic at the Cavaliers' Snyder Tennis Center
Freshman Kevin Kovacs, juniors Viktor Svensson and Ulrik Thomsen and senior Leonardo Lapentti will all compete in singles and doubles at the 11th annual invitational. Admission is free and action is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Friday. Kovacs and Svensson will join for doubles play while Lapentti and Thomsen will compete as a pair.
This year's event features players from 17 schools. Joining the Colonials in competition are players from Binghamton, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, East Tennessee State, James Madison, Liberty, Morgan State, Norfolk State, North Carolina Wesleyan, Penn State, Richmond, VCU, host Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and William & Mary.
Friday's schedule begins with two rounds of singles, followed by one round of doubles. Saturday's schedule starts with one round of singles, followed by the final two rounds of doubles. The tournament concludes on Sunday with the final round of singles.
MEN'S WATER POLO - @GW_WaterPolo
GW at Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament | Tournament Central
The George Washington men's water polo team returns to the pool after nearly two weeks off with its annual California trip for the two-day Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament (formerly Claremont Convergence), hosted by Pomona-Pitzer, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and La Verne.
GW (6-8, 1-2 Southern) will take on four nationally ranked opponents from California at the tournament. The Colonials open with Division III No. 8 Whittier on Friday at 2:20 p.m. ET at the La Verne Aquatic Center before facing the overall 19th-ranked team in the country, California Baptist, at 9 p.m. ET at Pomona-Pitzer's Haldeman Pool. GW plays both of its matches at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' Axelrod Pool, taking on the host Stags, who are ranked No. 4 in Division III, at 3:40 p.m. ET before concluding the tournament against Division III No. 5 Chapman at 7:40 p.m. ET.
The Colonials are coming off a 15-12 victory over Southern Division rival Bucknell on Sept. 22. Junior Daniel Tyner tallied a career-high 10 points on four goals and a career-best six assists. Sophomore Brian Mojica leads the Colonials with 38 points and 23 assists, while junior Nate Little has scored a team-best 30 goals. In addition, senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes is on the verge of GW history, as his 930 career saves are just 21 shy of the program's all-time record.
Whittier (5-7) defeated Caltech, 18-9, on Wednesday, its third win in the last four games. Last season, the Colonials lost to the Poets, 9-8, in sudden death at the Claremont Convergence.
Cal Baptist (8-4) has won six in a row following a 4-0 showing at its own Lancer Invite last weekend. The Colonials and Lancers last met at the 2010 Claremont Convergence, a 16-7 victory for 15th-ranked Cal Baptist.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (2-12) defeated Chapman, 13-8, on Wednesday to snap its 10-game losing streak. The Stags defeated the Colonials, 10-5, at last season's Claremont Convergence.
Chapman (3-12) lost to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Wednesday, its fourth loss in the last five games. Last season, the Colonials defeated the Panthers, 16-15, in sudden death, as GW's Paul Deasey netted the game-winner with nine seconds remaining in overtime. Tyner led GW with nine points on four goals and five assists. This marks the fourth straight season GW and Chapman have met at this tournament.