Volleyball Picks Up Two Wins on Day One of GW Tournament

Kelsey Clark elevates over the opposition on Friday night at Smith Center. The junior finished with 15 kills to lead the Colonials to the win over Delaware.
Sept. 15, 2017

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington volleyball team returned home to the Charles E. Smith Center and picked up a pair of wins on the opening day of the GW Tournament.

The Colonials easily disposed of Holy Cross in a three-set sweep in the first match of the day before outlasting Delaware in five sets in the nightcap.

Match 1: GW 3, Holy Cross 0 - Box Score - Box Score
Key Stats

  • GW swung .284 for the match while limiting Holy Cross to just .084 across the three-set sweep.
  • GW's defense forced 15 attack errors and benefitted from five service errors by the Crusaders
  • The Colonials had both of their setters tally double-digit assists in the match. Sophomore Jaimeson Lee finished with 21 assists, along with three digs and two service aces. Graduate student Stacey Benton added 12 helpers and seven digs.
  • Senior Aaliya Davidson led all players with 12 kills while swinging .348 with four digs and one block assist.

    Set 1: GW 25, Holy Cross 19
  • GW came out swinging, hitting a blistering .364 in the first set while limiting Holy Cross to just six kills (.040).
  • There were nine tie scores and two lead changes in the first, but GW was never truly threatened.
  • The last tie came at 13-13, but consecutive points by the Colonials created a two-point cushion.
  • Holy Cross got as close as three points when it trailed 21-18, but GW closed on a 4-1 run to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

    Set 2: GW 25, Holy Cross 16
  • GW's hot hitting continued into the second as it hit .361 with just four offensive miscues en route to the second-set win.
  • GW converted 81 percent (13-of-16) of sideout opportunities.
  • The set was tied at 5-5 before the Colonials rattled off five straight points to take a 10-5 lead.
  • The Crusaders cut the deficit to 14-11, but GW was able to maintain the advantage the rest of the way.

    Set 3: GW 25, Holy Cross 19
  • The third set was the closest of the match with 10 ties and five lead changes but GW was still able to easily dispose of the Crusaders to clinch the sweep.
  • It was GW's worst-hitting set at .150, but the defense made up the difference by forcing six attack errors by Holy Cross (.033).
  • The last tie came at 14-14 but GW scored three straight points to begin a back-breaking 11-5 run to clinch the set and the match.

    Match 2: GW 3, Delaware 2 - Box Score
    Key Stats
  • Junior Kelsey Clark was outstanding in the nightcap, totaling a career-high tying 15 kills with zero errors along with five digs and five blocks (one solo, four assists). Her .714 attack percentage (15k-0e-21a) is a new career-high mark.
  • Freshman Marianna Warren enjoyed a breakout game as she put down a season-high 12 kills with just two attack errors (.417).
  • GW outblocked the Blue Hens, 12.0-7.0, with six players totaling multiple rejections.
  • The Colonials totaled 10 service aces and benefitted from 13 service errors by Delaware.

    Set 1: GW 25, Delaware 20
  • The teams traded points in the early going until four straight points by GW opened a 9-5 lead.
  • GW continued to apply pressure and opened an 18-10 advantage.
  • The Blue Hens attempted to chip away at the lead, getting the deficit to four points at 21-17, but GW kept its composure to win the set and take a 1-0 lead in the match.

    Set 2: Delaware 26, GW 24
  • GW led 22-19 late in the second set but Delaware turned the tables with a set-closing 7-2 run to tie the match at 1-1.

    Set 3: GW 25, Delaware 11
  • GW's offense awoke in the third set as the Colonials swung a blistering .440 with just two attack errors en route to a dominating 25-11 win.
  • The Colonials' defense forced seven attack errors while only conceding six kills in the frame.
  • GW opened on a 6-1 run and never looked back.

    Set 4: Delaware 25, GW 21
  • Delaware erased an early 12-11 deficit with seven straight points to take an 18-12 lead.
  • GW got to within two points on two occasions down the stretch but was unable to overcome the Blue Hens.

    Set 5: GW 17, Delaware 15
  • The fifth set was a back-and-forth affair with 14 ties and five lead changes before the Colonials emerged victorious.
  • Delaware held an early 5-4 lead and also led 8-7 when the teams changed sides at the halfway point.
  • GW tied the match a few times before Delaware took its final lead at 12-11.
  • The Colonials served for the match twice but Delaware sided out successfully both times.
  • GW forced an attack error to break a 15-15 tie and a service ace by Skylar Iott clinched the match for GW.



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