GW Volleyball Rally Falls Short in 3-2 Loss to Indiana
Sept. 16, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The George Washington volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit to force a fifth set, but was unable to complete the comeback and suffered its first loss of the season, 3-2 to Indiana on Friday evening at the San Diego Invitational at Jenny Craig Pavilion. Set scores were 25-14, 24-26, 15-25, 25-15, 13-15.
GW (10-1) opened the match hitting .429 with just one error in 28 attempts to easily win the first set 25-14. The Colonials fell behind 4-2 to open the frame before consecutive kills by junior Lauren Whyte tied the score. From there, the Colonials' defense stymied the Indiana attack, holding the Hoosiers to a .121 attack percentage while forcing seven errors.
The Colonials struggled offensively in the second frame, hitting -.024 while dropping the set 24-26. Despite the negative attack percentage, GW was in position to take the lead late after a kill by sophomore Taylor Knox tied the score at 24-24. But a service error by freshman Savannah Clark gave Indiana the lead and the Hoosiers clinched the set on a Colonials' attack error. In total, the second set featured 12 lead changes and 8 ties.
GW's offensive struggles continued in the third set where it hit just .056 in a 15-25 loss. The Hoosiers forced seven errors while hitting .343 to take a 2-1 lead.
GW used a steady combination of offense and defense to rebound and claim the fourth set 25-15. After falling behind 5-2, the Colonials hit .379 and forced the Hoosiers to a .032 attack percentage and eight errors while recording two blocks. Junior Katie Crosby handed out 11 assists to help the Colonials force a decisive fifth set.
In the fifth set, the Colonials raced out to an early 5-1 advantage before the Hoosiers battled back to tie the match at 11-11. A service ace by Indiana's Caitlin Cox sparked a 4-2 run that gave the Hoosiers the 15-13 victory in the final set.
Crosby finished with 41 assists, seven digs, two kills and a service ace. Whyte posted a match-high 18 kills along with five digs, three aces and two assists. Taylor Knox finished with nine kills and five block assists while sister MacKenzie Knox totaled seven kills and two block assists.
Indiana (8-2) won its seventh straight match and boasted three players with double-digit kills, led by Kelci Marshall's 17.
GW returns to action at the San Diego Invitational with a doubleheader on Saturday evening from Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Colonials face nationally ranked No. 17 San Diego at 5:00 p.m. ET followed by a match with UC Santa Barbara at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Free video is available for the GW-San Diego match and Gametracker is available for both matches on Saturday.
Saturday Sept. 17 at Jenny Craig Pavilion