GW Volleyball Splits on Final Day of GW/Nike Invite
Sept. 15, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington volleyball team concluded its non-conference schedule on Saturday at the final day of the GW/NIKE Invitational at the Charles E. Smith Center. The Colonials posted a 3-1 victory over New Hampshire before falling to No. 15 BYU in the nightcap, 3-0.
BYU (12-0) won the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record while the Colonials, Princeton and New Hampshire each finished 1-2.
In the first match of the day, GW (3-11) overcame a 1-0 deficit to win three straight and knock off New Hampshire, 3-1. Set scores were 23-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-20.
Senior Lauren Whyte had one of the best matches of her career, as she swung .328 with a match-high 27 kills. She added six digs, two block assists and one ace. It was the most kills in a match for Whyte since she slammed 29 winners against Pittsburgh on Sept. 21, 2010.
The Colonials got off to a slow start, hitting just .089 in the opening frame as New Hampshire forced nine attack errors and posted four team blocks. The Colonials held a slim 15-13 advantage midway through the set but the Wildcats rebounded to take a late 24-20 lead. GW attempted to stave off set point, winning three points in a row before UNH clinched the set with a kill by Abigail Brinkman.
The Colonials offense was much more efficient in the second frame, hitting .394 with just three attack errors on the way to a 25-17 victory to tie the match at 1-1. Whyte slammed eight of her 29 kills in the second set while junior Jamie Armstrong notched three kills on five attempts. GW was up 14-13 midway through the frame before closing on an 11-4 run to tie the match. Nine of the Colonials' final 11 points in the set came via kills.
The momentum carried over into the third set as the Colonials sprinted out to a 9-5 lead, an advantage they would maintain for a good portion of the set before UNH rallied to tie the score at 20-20.
Following a GW timeout, the Colonials responded with kills from Whyte and Armstrong and three winners from sophomore Kelsey Newman to take a 2-1 match lead via a 25-22 victory.
In the fourth, GW took an early 9-3 lead and maintained at least a four-point cushion for the remainder of the frame on the way to a 25-20 victory. Whyte led the way in the fourth with six kills as GW hit .229 (14-6-35) to clinch their third win of the year.
Whyte was joined by Armstrong (11 kills, four block assists) and Newman (13 kills, seven digs) with double-digit kills while redshirt junior Jessica Lubic facilitated the offenses with 50 assists.
In the nightcap, nationally-ranked No. 15 BYU - the Colonials' fourth ranked opponent of their non-conference schedule - swept its way to a 3-0 victory. Set scores were 17-25, 9-25, 15-25.
The Cougars hit .327 for the match, with 45 kills against just 11 errors in 104 attempts, as GW/NIKE Invitational Most Valuable Player Alexa Gray slammed 12 kills with one error. Nicole Warner hit .722 on 14 kills and one error and Jennifer Hamson added seven kills and six digs.
Whyte finished with nine kills to pace the Colonials against BYU while Garvik added eight winners.
Silva-Martin, the Colonials representative on the All-Tournament team, finished with a match-high 17 digs to go with one assist.
GW/NIKE INVITATIONAL STANDINGS
The Colonials conclude non-conference play with a 3-11 record and will open Atlantic 10 Conference play by hosting Charlotte on September 21 at 7:00 p.m.