GW Volleyball Splits on Final Day of GW Invitational

Junior Kelsey Newman was named to the GW Invitational All-Tournament Team after totaling 36 kills across three matches this weekend.

Aug 31, 2013

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington volleyball team concluded its season-opening tournament on Saturday, splitting its final two games of the GW Invitational on Saturday at the Charles E. Smith Center. The Colonials swept UMBC, 3-0, before falling to Ole Miss in the nightcap, 3-1.

Maryland (2-1) won the tournament with a 2-1 record by virtue of its head-to-head victory over Ole Miss (2-1). The Colonials (1-2) finished in third, followed by UMBC (1-2).

GW notched its first win of 2013 in Saturday's first match, a 3-0 sweep of UMBC. Set scores were 25-20, 25-19, 26-24. With the win, the Colonials improve their all-time record against the Retrievers to 21-1.

Sophomore Kelsey Newman paced the offense versus UMBC by swinging .394 with a match-high 16 kills and 12 digs for her seventh career double-double.

Freshman Chidima Osuchukwu also had an efficient match, totaling eight kills in 16 attempts for a .312 attack percentage, while senior Rachael Goss added a .240 attack percentage (7k-1e-25a). As a team, the Colonials hit .232 (40k-14e-112a) for the match.

GW set the tone in the opening set by hitting .250 (13k-4e-36a) on the way to a 25-20 victory. Newman registered five of her winners in the opening frame and the Colonials converted on 57 percent (12-for-21) of their sideout opportunities.

In the second set, the Colonials trailed 13-17 before posting a 12-2 run down the stretch to win 25-19. GW's defense came up big in the second set, forcing 11 UMBC attack errors and registering four blocks.

The third set featured 10 ties and two lead changes as the Colonials put together their strongest frame of the tournament, hitting .263 and converting on 60 percent (15-for-25) of sideout opportunities. Newman led the way with seven of her 16 kills to clinch the match.



In the nightcap, Ole Miss topped the Colonials by scores of 19-25, 28-26, 20-25, 24-26.

Newman once again led the way for the Colonials, tallying a team-high 12 kills to go with 10 digs for her second straight double-double. She also added three assists, two service aces and three block assists.

The Rebels hit .400 (19k-3e-40a) in the opening set on the way to a 25-19 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the teams battled through 15 ties and nine lead changes before the Colonials emerged victorious with a 28-26 win. GW trailed 16-18 late and faced multiple set points before consecutive kills by sophomore Maggie Skjelbred and a service ace by freshman Tyler Ockleberry tied the match at 1-1.

The Colonials raced out to a 4-1 lead in the third set, but eventually conceded the lead to Ole Miss, allowing the Rebels to take a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-20 victory. GW was plagued by five service errors in the frame.

The two teams battled through six lead changes in the fourth set before Ole Miss created a four-point cushion at 18-14, forcing a GW timeout. The Colonials responded out of the break with a 5-3 run to cut the deficit to 21-19 and eventually tied the score at 24-24 before consecutive Ole Miss points clinched the match.

Skjelbred finished with 11 kills, three service aces and three block assists against Ole Miss while sophomore Maddy Doyle added a career-high 23 digs to go with five assists and two aces. Timmer added 31 assists to bring her three-match total to 90.

Newman was named to the All-Tournament team after totaling 36 kills on the weekend. The Charlotte, N.C., native added 32 digs, four block assists and four service aces.

GW returns to action next weekend with a visit to Orlando, Fla., for the UCF Classic. The Colonials will face Stephen F. Austin and UCF on Saturday before closing the tournament against Elon on Sunday.

GW Invitational Final Standings
Maryland 2-1 (Maryland wins head-to-head over Ole Miss)
Ole Miss 2-1
GW 1-2
UMBC 1-2

All-Tournament Team
MVP: Ashleigh Crutcher - Maryland
Ty Laporte - Ole Miss
Kelsey Newman - GW
Adreene Elliott - Maryland
Sarah Harper - Maryland
Kristen Brashear - Ole Miss
Krystal Mlemchukwu - UMBC

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