Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Nov. 3, 2011
A preview of George Washington's athletic events this weekend. The Colonials' men's soccer and volleyball teams will each host two conference matches at home while the men's tennis, men's water polo and men's & women's swimming teams hit the road.
For a schedule of all GW Varsity Athletic events, check out the Super Scoreboard.
The George Washington men's soccer team hosts St. Bonaventure and Duquesne at Mount Vernon Field this Friday and Sunday, respectively, in a pair of pivotal and historic Atlantic 10 Conference matches. Friday's match against the Bonnies will kick-off at 3 p.m., while Sunday's contest against the Dukes will kick-off at approximately 1 p.m., following the Senior Day ceremony honoring seniors Yoni Berhanu, Mike Burke, Brice Carr and Jake Davis.
This weekend's matches mark the home finales for head coach George Lidster, who will retire at the conclusion of the fall season after 24 years at the helm of the program. Beyond that, GW (7-6-2) is enjoying a remarkable turnaround from the 2010 campaign and is currently tied for second in the A-10 standings with 15 points at 5-2-0 in league play. The Colonials have won three consecutive matches overall and are undefeated and untied at Mount Vernon so far this season, winning by a combined 11-2 total in four matches.
Victories over SBU and Duquesne would assure GW of a spot in the A-10 Championship, secure retiring Coach Lidster's 200th career win, and potentially give the Colonials their first regular-season league title since 1992. A mix of results would leave the Colonials awaiting other scores from around the A-10 and potential league tiebreak procedures for one of the six playoff bids.
This year's A-10 Championship will take place in St. Louis, Mo., at Saint Louis University's Robert H. Hermann Stadium Nov. 10-13.
St. Bonaventure enters Friday's match at 4-10-3 overall and last in the A-10 with an 0-5-2 record. Duquesne (7-7-2, 4-2-1) has won four consecutive matches and is tied for fourth in the A-10 standings with 13 points. The Dukes are led by league-leading point producers Simon Gomez (8g, 8a) and Joshua Patterson (9g, 3a). Berhanu (7g, 3a) and junior forward Seth Rudolph (8g, 3a) are second only to Gomez and Patterson among the A-10's top-scoring tandems.
The George Washington volleyball team concludes its home schedule with critical Atlantic 10 Conference matches against Saint Louis (Fri., 7 p.m.) and Duquesne (Sat., 7 p.m.).
The Colonials enter the weekend in fifth place in the A-10 standings with a 6-5 conference record. The top six teams, based on winning percentage, at the conclusion of the season will clinch a spot in the Atlantic 10 Championship in Dayton, Ohio, Nov. 18-20.
GW (17-8, 6-5 A-10) fell to both Duquesne (3-1, Sept. 23) and Saint Louis (3-0, Sept. 25) in the opening weekend of A-10 play. The Colonials are 7-3 since that opening, weekend but are coming off losses last weekend at both Xavier and Dayton.
The Colonials will recognize four-year letterwinner (1992-95) Svetlana Vturyina ('96) during Friday's match. Vturyina is the Colonials' only volleyball All-American (in 1994 by the AVCA) and owns both the NCAA record for "kills" in a match (56) and in a career (3,043).
Saturday's match against Duquesne marks the final home appearance for senior MacKenzie Knox. Knox was named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 24 after leading GW to weekend sweeps of Temple and La Salle.
Saint Louis (12-9, 8-3 A-10) enters Friday's match tied with Xavier for second place in the Atlantic 10. The Billikens are coming off of a 3-0 sweep of Temple and have been victorious in seven of their last eight matches.
Duquesne (17-8, 7-4 A-10) will face Charlotte Friday night before visiting the Colonials Saturday evening.
MEN'S WATER POLO
The George Washington men's water polo team will look to top league rival Johns Hopkins for a third time this season Friday night when the No. 4 seed Colonials face the No. 5 seed Blue Jays in their opening contest of this weekend's CWPA Southern Division Championship at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool.
GW (10-16) posted a pair of narrow victories over JHU (14-12) earlier this season - 14-13 at Charles E. Smith Center Pool on Sept. 24, and 15-13 in Baltimore, Md., on Oct. 19. A third victory over the Blue Jays would go a long way in the Colonials' quest to earn a top four finish at Southerns to advance to the CWPA Eastern Championship hosted by Harvard Nov. 18-20. GW last advanced to Easterns in 2007 when it placed third at the event, its highest-ever finish.
GW will also have to navigate Gannon (7-15) Saturday at 12:30 p.m., to conclude bracket play. The Colonials will then advance through the event based on their record in bracket play.
Follow GWsports.com for updates on the Colonials' results throughout the tournament, and click here to view the Southern Division Championship bracket and schedule.
The George Washington men's tennis team wraps the 2011 fall season at William & Mary this weekend for the annual Tribe Invitational at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center in Williamsburg, Va.
The Colonials will be joined by Harvard, UMBC and host William & Mary.
Action will begin at 8 a.m., on Friday with two rounds of singles play and one round of doubles. On Saturday, singles action will kick-off at 9 a.m., followed by two rounds of doubles at 2 p.m. Play will wrap Sunday with doubles at 9 a.m., and singles at 10 a.m.
The George Washington men's and women's swimming teams head to Philadelphia this weekend for their third consecutive road dual meet. On Saturday, the Colonials will take on Colonial Athletic Association opponent Drexel at 1 p.m., in Drexel Pool.
The Dragons' women's team has opened up the 2011-12 season with a pair of split duals, coming off a 178-114 loss to La Salle last Saturday. The Drexel men are currently 2-0 after defeating the Explorers, 185-110.5, last Saturday.
Despite sweeps of three separate events last Saturday, both the GW men and women fell to UMBC.
This weekend marks the Colonials' sixth straight meet on the road. GW will return home on Saturday, Nov. 12 when it hosts Towson at 1 p.m., in Charles E. Smith Center Pool.