GW Volleyball Concludes GW Invite with Sweep of UND
Osuchukwu Named MVP, Timmer & Newman Named to All-Tournament Team
WASHINGTON - Three players recorded double-digit kills and three players tallied double-doubles as the George Washington volleyball concluded a perfect opening weekend with a 3-0 sweep of North Dakota on Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center in the final match of the GW Invitational. Set scores were 25-20, 25-17, 25-20.
GW (3-0) did not concede a set across three matches in the tournament and had sophomore Chidima Osuchukwu named the Most Valuable Player after hitting .342 on the weekend with 36 kills and 14 blocks (five solo, nine assists).
Also named to the All-Tournament team for GW were senior Kelsey Newman (39 kills, .317 attack percentage, 39 digs, two double-doubles) and junior Jordan Timmer (121 assists, 13.44/set, 29 digs, one double-double).
The Colonials sprinted out to an 8-2 lead in the first set and never looked back on the way to a 25-20 win. Osuchukwu and Newman each posted five winners in the opening frame while the Colonials held a 30-18 advantage in digs.
GW's defense held North Dakota (1-2) to a .065 attack percentage in the second set while posting three team blocks and again holding a significant advantage in digs in a 25-17 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third set, it was GW's offense doing the heavy lifting across three ties and two lead changes, allowing the Colonials to clinch the match.
UND held a 7-3 lead early in the third set but the Colonials erupted on a 13-4 run out of a timeout to take a 16-11 lead before clinching the match with a 25-20 victory.
The Colonials hit a match-high .283 in the third set and committed just four attack errors in 53 attempts. Three different players posted at least five third-set kills with sophomore Loren Williams pacing the attack with six winners.
Three players posted double-doubles in the win with Newman leading the way with 17 kills and 17 digs. Williams added her second career double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs while Timmer dished out 47 assists in addition to 13 digs.
For the match, GW held a 85-60 advantage in digs and converted on 70-percent (41-of-58) of sideout opportunities. Junior Maddy Doyle posted a game-high 22 digs while freshman Christina Porada added 16.
GW returns to action on Wednesday evening when they host the Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico in an exhibition match at Smith Center. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
GW Invitational Final Standings
North Dakota: 1-2
Arkansas State: 0-3
MVP: Chidima Osuchukwu (GW)
Kelsey Newman (GW)
Jordan Timmer (GW)
Lexi Robinson (UND)
Nikki Husfeldt (UND)
Stephanie Campbell (Auburn)
Courtney Crable (Auburn)
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