GW Volleyball Drops Two to ACC Foes
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The George Washington volleyball team dropped a pair of matches to Atlantic Coast Conference opponents on Saturday at the Spring Hill Suites at Arundel Mills Invitational on the campus of the University of Maryland. The Colonials fell to the host Terrapins, 3-0, and to Boston College, 3-1.
GW (2-9) dropped straight sets to Maryland, 18-25, 18-25, 25-27. The Colonials hit .248 (37k-12e-101a) for the match, while the Terrapins countered by hitting .306 (51k-17e-111a).
The Terps (5-4) scored the first four points of the first set and jumped out to an 8-1 lead before a kill by GW redshirt freshman Jessica Lubic sparked a 7-2 run that pulled the Colonials within two, 10-8. GW hit .296 in the set and was able to keep it close, until Maryland, which hit .387, tallied seven of the final 10 points of the set to take it, 25-18.
The second set was tight throughout, as the teams traded points early. Neither team led by more than three points until Maryland scored four in a row to open a 17-12 lead. The Colonials twice pulled within three, but a 6-2 Terrapins' run clinched the set for the hosts, 25-18.
The final set featured 12 ties and five lead changes, with GW leading for most of the set. A kill from junior Jamie Armstrong put the Colonials up, 23-19, but the Terps scored the next five points to take a 24-23 lead. The teams then traded the next four points, but back-to-back kills gave Maryland the win, 27-25.
Armstrong hit an errorless .636 (7k-0e-11a) in the match to lead GW's offense, while senior Lauren White recorded a team-high 13 kills and Lubic dished out 33 assists. Senior Candace Silva-Martin led the Colonials' defensive effort with 14 digs.
In the second match of the day, GW took the first set, 25-21, but dropped the next three to Boston College, 23-25, 17-25, 26-28. The Colonials hit just .163 and committed 24 errors, but the Eagles were not any better, hitting .153 with 27 miscues.
GW and BC (6-4) were locked in a tight first set, but the Eagles held a 19-14 lead before a kill by sophomore Kelsey Newman sparked a 7-0 Colonial run to go ahead, 21-19. The teams traded the next three points, but GW scored the final three to clinch the set, 25-21.
A back-and-forth second set featured nine ties, with the final deadlock coming at 20-20, before the Eagles tallied five of the last eight points to earn a 25-23 set victory.
BC led the third set, 11-10, before taking control and closing on a 14-7 run for the 25-17 win. The Eagles outhit the Colonials .273 to -.061 in the set.
Boston College jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the fourth and final set, but GW rallied to eventually take a 24-23 lead before the Eagles took the next two points for a 25-24 advantage. The Colonials again had set point at 26-25, but BC rattled off three in a row to win the set and the match, 28-26.
Lubic posted a double-double with 42 assists and 13 digs, while Whyte recorded a team-high 13 kills. Silva-Martin paced the defense with 18 digs.
The Colonials return to action at the Charles E. Smith Center on Sept. 14, when they host Princeton on the first day of the GW/Nike Invitational.