GW Volleyball Splits on Final Day of Carolina Classic
Colonials Sweep Albany Before Falling in Five Sets to James Madison
Sept. 14, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The George Washington volleyball team ended its skid with a 3-0 sweep of Albany on Saturday morning, but fell to James Madison, 3-2, in its final match of the Carolina Classic on Saturday at Carmichael Arena.
In the first match of the day, the Colonials cruised to a 3-0 sweep over the Albany Great Danes in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Set scores were 25-16, 25-23, 25-17.
GW (4-6) hit .214 (12k-6e-28a) in the first set while converting 70 percent (12-for-17) of sideout point opportunities on the way to a 25-16 win. Freshman Natalie Leger was on fire at the service line, tallying four aces in the opening frame during a 7-1 run that put the Colonials in control for the rest of the set.
In the second set, the Colonials raced out to a 6-1 advantage before Albany (0-8) was forced to take a timeout. The Danes responded with a 9-4 run to tie the set at 10-10 and the teams traded points until 14-14.
The Colonials scored three of the next four points, including a pair of service aces from senior Rachael Goss, to take a 17-15 lead, but Albany once again battled back to tie the set at 18-18. The score was tied again at 23-23 before consecutive kills by freshman Emily Clemens and junior Landon Garvik put the Colonials up 2-0 with a 25-23 triumph.
GW dominated the third set to clinch the sweep, hitting .297 (17k-6e-37a) while forcing seven Albany attack errors on the way to the 25-17 victory.
Williams finished with a match-high 13 kills along with five digs. Goss added nine kills and seven digs while Clemens dished out a season-high 35 assists to go with four errorless kills, 15 digs and one ace.
In the nightcap, the Colonials raced out to a 2-0 lead over James Madison, but were unable to complete the sweep, ultimately falling to the Dukes in five sets. Set scores were 27-25, 25-23, 20-25, 24-26, 12-15.
The Colonials twice came back from a late deficit to build a 2-0 lead in the match. In the first set, GW trailed 24-20 but rattled off five straight points to take a 25-24 lead before a kill by Williams and service ace by Clemens clinched the set. In the second, GW was down 21-19 before closing on a 6-2 run to go ahead 2-0.
GW was in control midway through the third set, leading 17-14, but James Madison responded by tying the match at 18-18 before closing on a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to 2-1.
The Colonials had chances in both the fourth and fifth sets to end the match, but both times James Madison closed on runs to ultimately win the match. In the fourth, JMU erased a late 22-18 deficit with an 8-6 run to force a fifth set. In the final frame, the Colonials held leads of 4-1 and 8-4, but were unable to contain James Madison's momentum as the Dukes battled back for the come-from-behind win.
Against JMU, three players finished with double-digit kills led by Williams and sophomore Chidima Osuchukwu's 11 winners apiece. Williams added 13 digs for her first career double-double and Osuchukwu added nine blocks (two solo, seven assists). Goss joined the pair in double figures with 10 kills.
For the weekend, Clemens dished out 96 assists (8.73/set) while Osuchukwu hit a blistering .396 with 24 kills against just five errors and 13 blocks. Williams totaled 27 winners with 20 digs and four block assists.
Sophomore Maddy Doyle was named to the All-Tournament team after totaling 66 digs (6.0/set) and nine assists through three matches.
GW returns to action next weekend at the NIU Huskie Invitational in DeKalb, Ill. The Colonials will face Western Illinois, Northern Illinois and IPFW during the two-day event.
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