Volleyball Opens Season with 3-1 Victory Over Georgetown
Colonials 1-0 in DC Challenge With Two Matches Saturday
Aug. 27, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC -- GW sophomore Lauren Whyte smashed a career-high 21 kills in leading the Colonials Volleyball team to a convincing 3-1 victory over local rival Georgetown Friday night in the season-opener for both teams. The Colonials won by the scores, 25-21, 25-19,23-25, 25-19 in a little over two hours at American University's Bender Arena.
It marked the collegiate debuts for four Colonials' freshmen and the beginning of the Katie Crosby era at the setter position for GW. Colonials' freshmen Rachael Goss, Jamie Armstrong, Jessica Burr and Hillary DeCarl all saw action against the Hoyas. Armstrong hit .250 with seven kills while DeCarl added 13 digs and a pair of aces. Senior Leah Hill had 14 points on 12 kills and 19 digs while sophomore libero Candace Silva-Martin added 17 digs. Crosby was superb in her Colonials' debut assisting on 38 of the Colonials' 54 kills.
The third set was the tightest of the match featuring three lead changes and 14 ties, the last came at 22-22 before GU's Kortney Robinson and Brooke Bachesta sandwiched a pair of kills around two GW attack errors for the 25-23 triumph.
"Our middles [MacKenzie Knox and Katie Zulandt] really stood out for us tonight," GW coach Jojit Coronel said afterward. "Our ball control was great and our passing has also gotten so much better. Leah Hill has always been a good passer and Candi's [Silva-Martin] passing makes us much better. Katie Crosby did a great job of setting the ball and distributing and putting the ball in a good location. Lauren [Whyte] has been really working hard at getting her feet to the ball which gives her more range. I'm grateful to get that win against a really good Georgetown team and we're looking forward to defending our championship in this tournament."
Whyte hit .273 for the match with 12 digs for the 10th double-double of her career and seventh straight dating back to the end of last season.
Changing setters this season wasn't an obstacle for Whyte who said it's about finding the right timing with your setters. "Regardless of who you have setting coming into the season you always have to find timing and Katie and I just really clicked," Whyte said. "We have so much depth on our team this year that practicing against these players every day makes us so much better. They make you have to challenge the block more and find different shots and that helps me become a lot better player." Whyte added that the Colonials like to run a quick offense, "In the first set were testing it out and in the next three sets we were really connecting well."
GU (0-1) was led by Brooke Bachesta's 11 kills and Kortney Robinson's match-high 22 digs.
The victory gave the Colonials a 34-28 lead in the all-time series with Georgetown in a rivalry that dates back to the 1975 season.
The GW-GU match was the first in the six-match DC Challenge, a round-robin tournament that features George Mason and American in addition to the Colonials and Hoyas. American swept George Mason, 3-0, later Friday evening before a record crowd of 2,055 at Bender Arena.
GW (1-0) next plays Saturday at 11:00 a.m. against American at George Mason's Field House before facing George Mason in Saturday's final match at 7 p.m. Free live statistical updates are available by going to www.GWsports.com and clicking on the GameTracker link.
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