GW Volleyball Falls to Maryland, 3-0, on Day One of GW Invitational

Senior Rachael Goss led GW with 11 kills in the GW's 3-0 loss to Maryland on Friday night.

Aug 30, 2013

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WASHINGTON - Senior Rachael Goss paced the Colonials' attack with a team-high 11 kills, but the George Washington volleyball team fell to visiting Maryland, 3-0, on Friday night at the Charles E. Smith Center in Game 2 of the GW Invitational. Set scores were 27-29, 21-25, 18-25.

GW (0-1) will play a doubleheader on Saturday in the final day of the tournament. The Colonials will face UMBC (0-1) at 10:00 a.m., followed by a nightcap against Ole Miss (1-0) at 7:00 p.m.

The first set was the closest of the evening as the Colonials and Maryland (1-0) battled through 12 ties and three lead changes before the Terrapins pulled away for a 29-27 victory.

A kill by Goss put the Colonials up 24-22 late in the opening set, forcing a Maryland timeout. The Terps responded by forcing an attack error and logging consecutive service aces to take a 25-24 advantage.

After a GW timeout, a kill by junior Kelsey Newman knotted the score at 25-25. The teams proceeded to trade points until the Colonials held a 27-26 lead. With the Colonials serving for the set, Maryland logged a kill to once again tie the score before pulling away for the 29-27 victory.

In the second set, the Colonials were limited to a .000 attack percentage as Maryland used four blocks and two service aces to extend the lead to 2-0 with a 25-21 victory. The momentum continued into the third set for the Terps as they swung .324 (15k-4e-34a) en route to an 25-18 victory to clinch the match.

Sophomore Maddy Doyle, who slid into the libero position this season after the graduation of A-10 career digs leader Candace Silva-Martin, tallied 18 digs to pace the defense. Senior Jamie Armstrong added three blocks (one solo, two assist).

Newman totaled eight kills and 10 digs while sophomore Maggie Skjelbred added six kills and two digs. Sophomore Jordan Timmer facilitated the attack with 26 assists in her GW debut.

Friday saw two freshmen make their collegiate debuts. Chidima Oschusukwu tallied four kills and a block while classmate Emily Clemens totaled three digs.

Ole Miss defeated UMBC, 3-1, in the opening match of the tournament. Kara Morgan posted 13 kills to lead the Rebels, who used 12 blocks and three service aces to earn the victory.



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