Volleyball Wraps Opening Weekend at UT Invitational

Aug. 26, 2017

Box Score

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Freshman Sydney Welch was named to the All-Tournament team as the George Washington volleyball team concluded play at the season-opening UT Invitational on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Welch, a libero from Louisville, Kentucky, totaled 62 digs across the three-match tournament for an average of 5.17 per set. She also dished out 16 assists ( 1.33/set) throughout the weekend.

GW (1-2) concluded its weekend at the tournament with a 3-1 loss to Western Michigan in the first match on Saturday before falling, 3-0, to host Tennessee in the nightcap.

Match 1: Western Michigan 3, GW 1
Set 1: Western Michigan 25, GW 19

  • The Broncos opened the match on a 5-2 run but the Colonials rebounded to take an early 10-9 lead.
  • Western Michigan responded with an 11-2 run to build a 20-12 lead.
  • GW staved off set point four times down the stretch but Western Michigan clinched the 25-19 win on a kill.

    Set 2: GW 26, Western Michigan 24

  • The teams battled in the early going until a tie at 10-10.
  • Western Michigan created separation by embarking on a 10-2 run to build a 20-12 lead.
  • The Colonials stormed back on the strength of a 10-3 run to pull within one point of the lead at 24-23 on a service ace by sophomore Jordan Young.
  • The Broncos got to set point but four straight points, on a pair of kills by both junior Kelsey Clark and senior Aaliya Davidson, completed the comeback and tied the match at 1-1 with a 26-24 win.

    Set 3: Western Michigan 25, GW 23

  • GW trailed early, 12-10, before rattling off four straight points to take a 14-12 lead.
  • The teams fought through three more ties before the Colonials broke a 16-16 deadlock with with a 4-1 run to take a 20-17 lead.
  • The Broncos closed on an 8-3 run to win the set and take a 2-1 lead in the match.

    Set 4: Western Michigan 25, GW 20
  • GW erased an early 7-3 deficit to tie the set at 13-13.
  • Western Michigan rebounded and pulled ahead, 17-16.
  • GW scored three straight points to take a 19-17 lead but Western Michigan closed the set with an 8-1 run to clinch the match.

    Key Stats
  • The teams fought through 27 tie scores and 15 lead changes throughout the four sets.
  • GW held advantages in both digs (58-57) and blocks (7.0-6.0) but hit just .113 (43k-28e-133a) compared to .204 (55k-25e-147a) for Western Michigan.
  • Clark finished with a match-high 13 kills to pace the offense.
  • Davidson finished with nine kills, five digs, two blocks and a pair of service aces.
  • Jaimeson Lee double-doubled for the second-straight match with 27 assists and 13 digs.

    Match 2: Tennessee 3, GW 0
    Set 1: Tennessee 25, GW 20
  • The Volunteers opened on a 6-1 run before the Colonials were able to close the gap to three points at 10-7.
  • GW used a 4-0 spurt to pull within one point of the lead at 12-11.
  • Tennessee responded with a 7-2 run to extend its lead to 19-13 and was able to maintain the advantage for the rest of the set.

    Set 2: Tennessee 25, GW 9

  • Tennessee opened on a 9-1 run and was never threatened en route to the 25-9 win.

    Set 3: Tennessee 25, GW 22
  • The third set was the closest of the match with five ties and three lead changes.
  • GW led 8-5 in the early going but Tennessee scored seven of the next eight points to pull ahead, 12-9.
  • GW kept it close down the stretch but was unable to overtake the home team in the final moments.

    Key Stats
  • Sophomores Skylar Iott and Jordan Young shared the team lead with nine kills in the nightcap.
  • Welch finished with match-high 19 digs.
  • Freshman Callie Fauntleroy totaled four blocks (one solo, three assists) to lead all GW players.
  • Attack errors were the difference in the match. Tennessee swung .287 (35k-8e-94a) for the match while GW committed 30 attack errors en route to a .034 swing percentage (34k-30e-117a)

    Up Next
  • GW will open its home schedule with next weekend's GW Invitational at the Charles E. Smith Center against Indiana (Fri., 7 p.m.), LIU Brooklyn (Sat., 12 p.m.) and Hofstra (Sat., 7 p.m.)



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