GW Volleyball Drops Pair to Ranked Opponents
Aug. 25, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The George Washington volleyball team concluded play in the Mortar Board Invitational on Saturday at Holloway Gymnasium, dropping a pair of matches to No. 9 Purdue and No. 21 Northern Iowa.
In the first match of the day, GW (0-3) fell to the host No. 9 Purdue (3-0) in straight sets by scores of 12-25, 12-25, 16-25 in front of 2,203 fans.
The host Boilermakers assumed early control in the first set by swinging a blistering .688 with 11 kills and no errors on 16 attempts. The Colonials struggled to establish momentum as they registered six attack errors, four service errors and two receiving errors in the opening frame as they fell 12-25.
Purdue's momentum carried over to the second set with continued hot hitting, swinging .553 on the way to a second consecutive 12-25 victory. The Colonials cut down on their errors, committing just three attack errors in the frame but had trouble offsetting the Boilermakers efficient offense.
The Colonials best set came in the third as they took a 6-1 lead on two kills each from Kelsey Newman and Lauren Whyte and a service ace by Jamie Armstrong. However, after GW established a 10-6 lead, the Boilermakers embarked on a 12-2 run to build an 18-12 advantage. Armstrong's ace briefly interrupted the run but the momentum had swung and Purdue went on to a 25-16 victory to clinch the match.
For the match, the Colonials hit .087 (26k-18e-92a) while Purdue hit .529 and committed just three attack errors with seven team blocks.
Whyte finished with seven kills against Purdue while Armstrong added six.
In the nightcap, the Colonials statistically had their best offensive match of the weekend but still suffered a 3-0 loss to the 21st-ranked Panthers of Northern Iowa (2-1). Set scores were 14-25, 12-25, 18-25.
GW swung .155 (29k-16e-84a) in the match but had trouble denying the Panthers attack as NIU hit .471 with just eight attack errors.
In the first set, NIU opened a 13-7 lead before junior Taylor Knox punctuated a 5-0 run with a kill to pull GW within three points at 12-15. However, UNI unleashed a 10-1 run of their own to clinch the first set with a 25-14 victory.
GW registered just seven kills with nine attack errors (-.074) in the second set as the Panthers swung .348 to take a 2-0 advantage with a 25-12 win.
The final set proved to be GW's strongest offensively as they hit a weekend-best .344 (12k-1e-32a). However, UNI responded by swinging .593 (18k-2e-27a) to hold off the Colonials 18-25 in the final frame.
Sophomore Kelsey Newman hit a team-high .412 with eight kills and two digs for 8.5 points. Knox, who was named to the All-Tournament team, finished with seven kills in 13 attempts. She added two digs and one block assist. Whyte added six kills while freshman Margarethe Skjelbred finished with four kills.
The Colonials return to action on Friday evening at the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic in Laramie, Wyo. GW will face Florida Gulf Coast and the host Cowgirls on Friday before facing UMKC and Bethune Cookman on Saturday.