GW Volleyball Splits on First Day of UCF Classic
Colonials Rally to Knock Off Stephen F. Austin, Fall to UCF in Nightcap
Sep 6, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. - The George Washington volleyball team split two games on the opening day of the UCF Classic on Friday at The Venue at UCF. The Colonials rallied for a 3-2 victory over Stephen F. Austin in the day's first match before falling to host UCF, 3-0, in the nightcap.
In the first match of the day, the Colonials erased a two-set deficit to hand Stephen F. Austin (5-1) its first loss of the season in a 3-2 comeback victory. Set scores were 21-25, 18-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-10.
Junior Kelsey Newman recorded her third straight double-double with a career-high 24 kills and 10 digs to pace the offense while senior Rachael Goss posted 12 winners and 10 digs for her sixth career double-double. Freshman Chidima Osuchukwu had an errorless seven kills in addition to six blocks (three solo, three assist).
SFA raced out to a 2-0 lead in the match before GW (2-3) claimed a 25-23 victory in the third set. The teams traded the first four points of the third before SFA created a cushion by scoring six of the next eight points to take an 8-4 lead. Following a timeout, the Colonials responded with a 9-3 run to take a 14-12 lead on a kill by Goss. GW maintained the lead and closed out the set with a kill by Newman and a forced attack error.
Momentum was then clearly on the Colonials' side as they hit .355 (16k-5e-31a) in the fourth set while converting on 71-percent (15-of-21) of sideout opportunities. Sophomore Maggie Skjelbred posted six of her nine kills in the frame while Newman added five winners, allowing the Colonials to tie the match at 2-2.
GW dominated in the fifth set, scoring the first two points and never trailing on the way to a 15-10 victory to clinch the match. The Colonials' defense registered two blocks, forced six attack errors and three service errors while limiting the Ladyjacks to just six kills.
For the match, the Colonials totaled a season-high 12.0 team blocks. Freshman Gabrial Rushton was active at the net with two solo blocks and four block assists while Skjelbred added three block assists. Sophomore Maddy Doyle led the way with 15 digs.
In the nightcap, UCF (5-1) hit .326 for the match and totaled nine blocks on the way to a 16-25, 13-25, 18-25 sweep of the Colonials.
The Colonials best set of the match was the third, in which they hit .407 (14k-3e-27a). However, the Knights countered with just one attack error in the frame to clinch the sweep.
Newman paced the offense again with 10 kills and seven digs while both Skejelbred (7k-1e-12a) and Rushton (5k-1e-12a) finished with attack percentages north of .300.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Elon.