GW Volleyball Rolls Fordham, 3-0
Nov. 2, 2012
WASHINGTON - Senior Lauren Whyte finished with a match-high 17 kills and the Colonials' defense totaled 10.0 team blocks as the George Washington volleyball team swept visiting Fordham, 3-0, on Friday night at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 25-23, 25-17, 25-20.
With the victory, GW (10-16, 7-5 A-10) picked up a key victory in the Atlantic 10 standings. The Colonials host Rhode Island (9-16, 5-7 A-10) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The top six teams at the end of the regular season will advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship at Duquesne's A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., Nov. 16-18.
The Colonials used an efficient offensive attack paired with a strong defensive front in Friday's victory. GW posted 10.0 team blocks while limiting the Rams to a .118 attack percentage, forcing 22 errors.
Friday marked the sixth time in their last eight matches that the Colonials have totaled at least 10.0 team blocks.
GW opened the first set on a 9-4 run and extended its lead to 14-7 by forcing consecutive attack errors, prompting a Fordham timeout. Out of the stoppage, the Rams embarked on a 10-4 run to pull even at 18-18 and force a GW timeout, but the Colonials scored the first point out of the break on a kill by sophomore Kelsey Newman and seized the momentum en route to a 25-23 victory.
GW dominated the second set, swinging .481 (16k-3e-27a) on the way to a 25-17 victory. Whyte totaled seven of her 17 kills in the set while the defense limited Fordham to just 10 kills in the frame.
The third set was the closest of the match as the teams battled through 10 ties and six lead changes. Fordham took an early 4-2 lead, but the Colonials were able to pull even at 8-8. From there, the teams went point-for-point, but Fordham was able to briefly gain a 13-12 lead on a kill by Sara Konkel to force a GW timeout. Fordham extended the lead to 17-13 before Whyte slammed three consecutive kills to pull within one point at 17-16 and force a Fordham timeout.
The momentum continued for GW as it scored consecutive points out of the break on a kill by sophomore Jamie Armstrong and a perfectly placed service ace by freshman Maddy Doyle. Fordham's Randi Ewing broke up the run to tie the score once again at 18-18, but GW's defense forced three consecutive attack errors to take a 21-18 lead and force the Rams to use their final timeout.
The Colonials remained in control the rest of the way with freshman Margarethe Skjelbred recording the final two points on kills to send GW to the 3-0 sweep.
Whyte's 17 winners came against just three errors for a .364 attack percentage, her most efficient night since hitting .328 in a win over New Hampshire on Sept. 15. She added eight digs and four blocks (one solo, three assists) for 19.5 points.
Newman and Armstrong each posted eight kills for the Colonials. Armstrong finished with a match-high five blocks (one solo, four assists), while Newman added eight digs and one rejection.
Senior Candace Silva-Martin totaled 18 digs to bring her career total to 2,069. She is just 12 digs away from becoming the Atlantic 10 All-Time Career Digs Leader.
GW will host Rhode Island on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for Senior Day. After the match, the GW Department of Athletics and Recreation will honor seniors Lauren Whyte, Candace Silva-Martin and Christie Graf.