Volleyball Overcomes Slow Start to Top George Mason, 3-1

Junior Candace Silva-Martin led all players with 24 digs in GW's 3-1 victory over George Mason on Saturday morning.

Aug. 27, 2011

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WASHINGTON- The George Washington volleyball team dropped the first set but rallied to clinch a 3-1 victory over George Mason in game three of the DC Challenge on Saturday morning at the Charles E. Smith Center. The set scores were 23-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-20.

GW (2-0) combined to hit .230 on 64 kills in 174 attempts with 24 errors while holding George Mason (0-2) to a .182 attack percentage (49 kills, 165 attempts, 19 errors).

Despite out hitting George Mason .222 to .189, the Colonials dropped the opening frame, 23-25. The Patriots used a steady defensive front which produced five team blocks in addition to 17 digs to stymie GW.

The Colonials rebounded in the second set to prevail 25-21 after four lead changes and 11 ties. Sophomore Taylor Knox recorded four of her career-high 12 kills as GW bounced back from a lackluster first set to hit .444 (15-27) with just three errors.

GW got off to a slow start in the third set, trailing 8-3, before rallying to tie the set at 12-12. From there the Colonials used a staunch defense, holding Mason to an attack percentage of .047, to assume control and knock off the Patriots 25-22.

The momentum continued for the Colonials into the fourth set as they sprinted out to an 11-4 lead on the way to a convincing 25-20 victory to clinch the match. GW hit 69 percent (14-of-20) on sideout points in the final frame to close out the victory.

Junior Lauren Whyte registered a double-double after leading all players with 22 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore Rachel Goss also posted a double-double as she hit .250 with 13 kills and 11 digs.

Junior Katie Crosby assisted on 52 of GW's 64 kills, for a .394 set percentage. Junior libero Candace Silva-Martin led all players with a game-high 24 digs and senior MacKenzie Knox hit a team-high .316 with eight kills and five blocks (one solo, four assisted).

Freshman Christy Harper, in her Colonials debut, contributed a key block assist late in the final set to give the Colonials a 23-20 advantage. Fellow freshman Savannah Clark, who saw significant time in Friday's season opener, finished with 18 digs and four assists.

The Colonials return to action on Tuesday night as they host Howard University at the Charles E. Smith Center at 7:00pm.



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