Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Volleyball, Men's Water Polo, Men's Soccer & Women's Soccer All Host Home Events
Sept. 20, 2012
VOLLEYBALL - @GW_Volleyball
The George Washington volleyball opens Atlantic 10 Conference play by hosting Charlotte (Fri., 7 p.m.) for 90's Night and conference newcomer VCU (Sat., 7 p.m.) for Camper/Reunion Day this weekend at the Charles E. Smith Center.
For Friday's match, fans who dress in their best 90's gear receive one dollar off of admission at the box office. On Saturday, children will get free admission with the purchase of an Adult priced ticket. Fans you can take pictures with George and join the team in a post-match autograph session.
GW (3-11) concluded a tough non-conference schedule, with matches against four Top-25 opponents, at last weekend's GW/NIKE Invitational. The Colonials went 1-2 against the field which included then-No. 15 BYU, New Hampshire and Princeton.
The Colonials lead the all-time series vs. Charlotte, 9-5, and have not dropped a home match against the 49ers since the 2005 season.
Senior Lauren Whyte leads the Colonials' offense with 185 kills and ranks fifth in the A-10 with 3.78 kills/set. Her 27 terminations against New Hampshire was one shy of her career-high and stands as the single best performance in the Atlantic 10 this season. The Olmstead Falls, Ohio, native needs just 49 kills to move into sole possession of second place on the career kills list.
Sophomore Kelsey Newman has also crossed the 100-kill threshold as she ranks second on the team with 124 kills. Redshirt freshman setter Jessica Lubic ranks seventh in the conference with 9.59/assists per set and leads the Colonials with five double-doubles this season.
Charlotte (8-4) is coming off a 1-2 weekend at the Hilton University 49er Invitational. Charlotte beat UNC-Asheville, 3-1, but fell to Kennesaw State and Towson.
The 49ers are Colonials have played two common opponents in Bethune-Cookman and UMKC. Charlotte went 2-0 vs. the common opponents while GW finished 1-1.
Charlotte currently ranks in the top-five of every major offensive category in the conference, including second overall in kills (13.77/set) and assists (13.05/set). Senior Bianca Rouse and junior Amanda Videmsek rank third and fourth, respectively in kills. Rouse has totaled 177 kills in 44 sets while Videmsek has hit 168 winners (3.82/set).
VCU (12-1) will travel to Duquesne on Friday evening before arriving in Washington, D.C. for Saturday's match. The Rams are off to a 12-1 start, their best start in program history, and carry a seven-match win streak into the Smith Center.
The Colonials lead the all-time series against VCU by a 16-3 margin, including 11 matches in a row.
WOMEN'S SOCCER - @GW_Soccer
The George Washington women's soccer team continues its five-match homestand on Friday when the Colonials welcome District foe Howard to the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. Friday's contest is set to begin at 4 p.m., and features the Kickin' it at the Vern event.
GW (3-4-1) is coming off a 1-1 double overtime draw with American on Tuesday marking its first overtime game of the season. The Eagles took an early 1-0 lead in the 14thminute of play before senior Molly Bruh buried a penalty kick at 59:46 to score the equalizer. Freshman goalkeeper Nicole Fasano made six saves for the Colonials while classmate Shannon Murphy - making her collegiate debut between the pipes - recorded her first career save.
The Colonials are led this season by junior Alex Neal (2 g, 1 a), senior Adriana Moya (2 g) and freshman Kristi Abbate (1 g, 1 a). GW owns an unblemished all-time record against Howard with a 5-0-1 mark.
The Bison (0-8-2) return to action for the first time in a week after falling to American, 2-1, last Friday. Howard's Owyn Manson scored a second-half goal to knot the score at 1-1, but the Eagles netted the game-winner with just 28 seconds showing on the clock.
Jordan Brown (2 g, 1 a) leads the Bison offense and goalkeeper Kyra Dickinson has made 96 saves on the year.
MEN'S SOCCER - @GWMensSoccer
The George Washington men's soccer team returns home for the first time in nearly a month to host UMBC on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The game will feature a Kickin' It at the Vern cookout, which is free for all fans.
GW (3-3-0) is coming off a 2-1 loss at Bryant on Sunday. Junior Tyler Ranalli scored the Colonials' lone goal of the game in the 81st minute, while redshirt freshman goalie Jean-Pierre van der Merwe recorded a career-high seven saves. Ranalli leads the team with three goals and six points on the season.
UMBC (3-2-2) defeated Loyola, 2-0, on Wednesday, to snap a two-game skid. Junior Pete Caringi III leads the Retrievers with four goals on the season, while senior Milo Kapor is tops with nine points on a goal and seven assists. Junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders has played all 670 minutes between the pipes, posting a 0.94 goals-against average with three shutouts.
Despite the short distance between the two schools, the teams have not faced off since 2004, a 3-0 victory for UMBC in Baltimore, and the Retrievers hold a 4-6-3 advantage in the all-time series, which dates to 1969.
MEN'S WATER POLO - @GW_WaterPolo
The George Washington men's water polo team hosts a pair of Southern Division rivals in a doubleheader on Saturday at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool. The Colonials will face No. 15 Princeton at 2 p.m. and Bucknell at 7:30 p.m.
GW (5-7, 0-1 Southern) is coming off a 19-11 loss at Johns Hopkins on Wednesday evening in the Southern Division opener for both teams. Junior Nate Little and sophomore Ridvan Pehlivan each notched hat tricks in the match, while senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes recorded 15 saves.
Little, who leads the Colonials with 26 goals, has tallied at least three times in four of the last five games. Sophomore Brian Mojica has tallied a team-high 33 points on 15 goals and 18 assists, and freshman Bogdan Petkovic is tops with 31 steals. Illes now has 908 saves in his career, leaving him just 43 shy of the all-time program record (951).
Ranked 15th in the nation, Princeton (5-3, 0-0 Southern) went 2-1 at last weekend's CWPA North/South Invitational. All three of the Tigers' losses have come against ranked opponents. Drew Hoffenberg leads Princeton with 21 goals and 29 points on the season, while Same Butler, the reigning Southern Division Player of the Week, has 28 points on 10 goals and a team-best 18 assists.
Bucknell (4-5, 0-0 Southern) is coming off a 1-2 weekend at the North/South Invite and will take on division foe Navy on Saturday afternoon before visiting to GW. Mike Kimble leads the Bison with 19 goals on the season, while Alex Nowlin is tops with 29 points on 10 goals and a team-high 19 assists. In addition, goalkeeper Matt Napleton is the reigning Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week.
Princeton and Bucknell each swept the 2011 season series from the Colonials.
MEN'S TENNIS - @GWMensTennis
The George Washington men's tennis team opens 2012 fall action this weekend at two separate events - the UVA Ranked +1 Invitational in Charlottesville, Va., and the nearby Georgetown Classic.
The UVA Ranked +1 Invitational, which takes place from Friday-Sunday at the Snyder Tennis Center, will feature 64 players from 16 schools. Sophomore Francisco Dias - the reigning Atlantic 10 Performer of the Year and Rookie Performer of the year - currently owns a No. 89 national ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and will be accompanied by freshman Danil Zelenkov, ranked No. 1,304 by the Association of Tennis Professionals, junior Nikita Fomin and senior Alexander van Gils.
Joining the Colonials at the elite event are players from Illinois, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, North Carolina State, Penn State, Radford, fellow A-10 member VCU, host Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forrest and William & Mary.
Freshman Kevin Kovacs, sophomore Mike Kachkar, juniors Viktor Svensson and Ulrik Thomsen and senior Leonardo Lapentti will compete at the two-day Georgetown Classic, which will take place at the McDonough Outdoor Tennis Complex from Friday-Saturday. The Colonials will compete against host Georgetown and UMBC in both singles and doubles action.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - @GW_Tennis
The George Washington women's tennis team heads to District rival Georgetown this weekend for the two-day Georgetown Classic at the McDonough Outdoor Tennis Complex.
Coming off a successful weekend at the Tiger Classic Sept. 7-8, the Colonials will compete against host Georgetown, Longwood, Morgan State and UMBC this weekend.
Junior Mimi Hamling and freshman Christina Carpenter both enter the weekend with 1-0 singles records while the duos of Hamling and rookie Lana Robins (2-0) and junior Leah Pascarella and freshman Egle Jakuciunaite (1-0) are both undefeated.
GU opened its fall season at the Mary Washington Tournament last weekend and Longwood competed at the Liberty Fall Classic. Morgan State played in the Mount St. Mary's Invitational to open its season and it will be the first competition of the year for UMBC.
SAILING - @GW_Sailing
George Washington sailing will send four competitors to the all-female Princeton Women's Open on Raritan Bay in Perth Amboy, N.J., this Saturday and Sunday.
The event, which features teams from the host Tigers as well as Cornell, Fordham, Penn State, Queen's University and William & Mary, is a tune-up for the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Women's Championships the following weekend in St. Mary's City, Md.
In the A Division, sophomore Alexandria Hitchcock will skipper with senior Skye Kussmann crewing. In the B Division, freshman Hannah McNomee will make her collegiate debut at skipper with sophomore Meagan Murphy crewing.
"It should be a good learning experience, and I think our women's team has a lot of potential to do well within MAISA this year," said head coach John Pearce.