Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Sept. 22, 2011
A preview of George Washington's athletic events this weekend. The Colonials' men's water polo and women's soccer teams will host competition in Washington, D.C., while the volleyball, men's soccer and men's tennis teams hit the road.
MEN'S WATER POLO
GW men's water polo will host three matches - two against nationally ranked foes - this weekend at Charles E. Smith Center Pool as the Colonials welcome No. 13 Princeton (Sat., 4:00 p.m.), Johns Hopkins (Sat., 8:00 p.m.) and No. 18 Bucknell (Sun., 12:00 p.m.) to Foggy Bottom.
This weekend's matches mark the beginning of Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division play for the Colonials. The Tigers, Blue Jays, Bison and Navy Midshipmen will all battle GW for the South title in 2011.
GW (5-6) has won two of its last three matches after victories over Washington & Jefferson and Connecticut College last weekend at the CWPA North/South Tournament in Annapolis, Md.
The George Washington women's soccer team returns home Friday to host Big South opponent Liberty in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Kick-off between the Colonials and Flames is set for 4:00 p.m. at Mount Vernon Field.
GW (3-5-0) snapped a two-game skid last week when it posted a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Gardner-Webb. It was the second time in as many years that the Colonials defeated the Runnin' Bulldogs. Junior forward Adriana Moya tallied a game-high three points in the contest with a goal and an assist on freshman Taylor Katz's game-winner.
Liberty (1-3-2) is coming off a 0-0 double-overtime draw with Elon Sunday. The Flames' lone win of the year came on Sept. 4, when they earned a 3-1 victory over Valparaiso.
The George Washington volleyball team begins Atlantic 10 Conference play this weekend with road games at Duquesne (Fri., 7:00 p.m.) and Saint Louis (Sun., 1:00 p.m.). GW (10-3) enters the weekend with the best record in the A-10, but is looking to snap a three-match losing streak after last weekend's losses to Indiana, No. 17 San Diego and UC Santa Barbara at the challenging San Diego Invitational.
The Colonials defense ranks first in the conference, limiting opponents to a .159 attack percentage. Junior libero Candace-Silva Martin paces the defense with 204 digs and ranks second in the conference with 4.84 digs per set, while sophomore Jamie Armstrong is third in the A-10 with 41 blocks.
Duquesne boasts a 10-4 record entering the first conference weekend, including a perfect 4-0 record at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Saint Louis (4-6) leads the all-time series against the Colonials, 8-2.
The GW men's soccer team will look to extend its two-match win streak this weekend when it travels south to face Jacksonville (Fri., 7:00 p.m.) and Stetson (Sun., 11:30 a.m.) at Ashley Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Fla.
GW (2-2-1) has won two-in-a-row, most recently a thrilling 3-2 victory over Bryant at Mount Vernon Field on Sept. 17. Junior Seth Rudolph garnered Colonial of the Week honors after netting the game-winning goal in the 89th minute to clinch the victory for the Colonials. Rudolph leads the Colonials with three goals and seven points and senior Yoni Berhanu has found the back of the net twice this season.
Jacksonville (1-4-1) is winless in its last four matches, while Stetson (3-4-0) snapped a four-match winless streak with a 1-0 victory over Temple on Sept. 18.
The George Washington men's tennis team opens fall action this weekend at a series of tournaments - the Georgetown Classic in Washington, D.C., the USTA National Tennis Center College Invitational in Flushing, N.Y., and the UVA Ranked +1 Tournament in Charlottesville, Va.
Junior Leonardo Lapentti and freshmen Michael Kachkar and Aaron Poliak will head across town to Georgetown, while senior Richard Blumenfeld, junior Alexander van Gils and sophomores Ulrik Thomsen and Viktor Svensson travel to the USTA Invitational. Due to freshman Francisco Dias' Top 1000 ATP ranking, he and doubles partner Ugur Atalay will attend the UVA Ranked +1 Tournament - marking GW's first participation in the event.
The Colonials are coming off their most impressive season to date in spring 2011, having captured the Atlantic 10 crown in addition to making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. GW returns five letterwinners and welcomes four newcomers to the squad.