GW Volleyball Splits on Final Day of UniWyo Cowgirl Classic
Sept. 1, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The George Washington volleyball team concluded play at the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic on Saturday evening, splitting two matches with a win against Bethune-Cookman and a loss to UMKC.
GW (1-6) picked up its first win of the 2012 season in the nightcap as the Colonials knocked off Bethune-Cookman (0-7) by scores of 25-22, 25-13, 25-21.
The Colonials opened the match on a 5-0 run and eventually ran the advantage to 14-5 before BCU embarked on a run to pull within four points of the lead at 19-15. The Wildcats continued to keep the lead within reach, eventually tying the set at 22-22. However, the Colonials used three consecutive kills from sophomore Kelsey Newman, junior Jamie Armstrong and redshirt freshman Jessica Lubic to clinch the first set, 25-22.
The Colonials hit .375 in the first set, their best single-set hitting percentage of the weekend.
In the second set, the Colonials defense forced six attack errors and limited the Wildcats to a -.074 attack percentage en route to a 25-13 decision. The set was tied, 4-4, early on, but consecutive kills by junior Taylor Knox and a service ace from freshman Maddy Doyle put the Colonials ahead 7-4.
Following an attack error, GW embarked on a 14-4 run to build a 22-10 cushion late in the set. The Colonials surrendered just one more point before two kills from senior Lauren Whyte and a set-clinching ace from Lubic put the Colonials ahead by two sets.
GW got off to a slow start in the third set, allowing Bethune-Cookman to build a 7-3 advantage before embarking on another lengthy run. GW rattled off a 5-1 run to tie the set at 8-8, forcing a Wildcats' timeout. Out of the break, GW continued its hot hitting, eventually rolling the run to 13-3 to push the lead to 17-10. The Wildcats tried to establish some momentum, but the Colonials were able to hold them off down the stretch to clinch the match with a 25-21 third-set victory.
Newman led all players with 18 kills against five errors for a .464 attack percentage, while Whyte notched her first double-double of the season with 11 kills and 11 digs. Lubic facilitated the attack with 34 assists.
In the first match of the day, the Colonials dropped a tough 3-2 decision to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Set scores were 25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 24-26, 4-15.
The Colonials got off to a great start, taking the first set by a score of 25-18 on the heels of a .243 attack percentage (14k-5e-37a). Midway through the set, UMKC (5-2) held a 13-11 advantage, but the Colonials were able to respond by ripping off a 7-2 run to take an 18-15 lead. Following a timeout, GW continued its hot hitting as it extended the run to 11-3 and eventually to 14-4 to clinch the set, 25-18.
Like the first set, the Colonials used a late run in the second frame to extend the lead in the match to 2-0. Trailing 18-13, consecutive kills by Whyte pulled the Colonials within two at 18-15. A Kangaroos' attack error, followed by an ace from Lubic and a kill from Knox knotted the score at 18-18.
The teams traded points for the next few serves with the Kangaroos pulling slightly ahead at 21-19, but consecutive kills from Knox evened the score once again at 21-21. GW tallied the next four points, punctuated by a service ace from senior Candace Silva-Martin, to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
GW continued the momentum in the third set, opening the frame on a 5-0 run, but UMKC battled back to even the score at 13-13. The teams traded points, with neither side leading by more than two points the rest of the way. A kill by Whyte pulled the Colonials even at 23-23, but consecutive attack errors allowed UMKC to clinch the set, 23-25.
A 5-0 run midway through the fourth set gave the Colonials a 17-13 advantage, a lead they maintained until very late in the set. A kill from Newman had the Colonials serving for the match at 24-23, but the Colonials yielded three consecutive points, allowing UMKC to force a decisive fifth set.
The momentum was clearly in UMKC's favor in the fifth set as they sprinted out to a 10-3 lead, prompting a timeout. A 5-1 run out of the break clinched the match for the Kangaroos.
Newman finished the match with a career high 20 kills on 55 attempts. She added three digs and one block assist for a career-high 20.5 points.
Two other Colonials also finished with double-digit kills. Whyte totaled 17 kills along with seven digs, two aces and one block assist for 19.5 points, while Knox totaled 10 kills to go with two digs and one ace. Junior Jamie Armstrong added seven kills, four digs, one assist and one ace.
Lubic notched the first double-double of her career with 48 assists and 10 digs. She also added six kills, two block assists and one ace.
Defensively, three players finished with double-digit digs, led by Silva-Martin's 20. She added seven assists and a service ace. Freshman Maddy Doyle registered a season-high 12 digs to go with four assists and junior Rachel Goss added 11 digs to go with two kills.
For the match, the Colonials hit .179 (64k-31a-184a) with four team blocks while the Kangaroos swung .196 (58k-25e-168a) with seven team blocks.
Doyle earned All-Tournament honors after totaling 31 digs (2.21/set) and 17 assists in 14 sets.
Whyte totaled 50 kills (3.57/set), 25 digs and two assists over the course of the weekend, while Newman posted 43 kills (3.31/set) and four blocks.
GW will open its home schedule on Wednesday evening as the Colonials welcome UMBC to the Charles E. Smith Center. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.