GW Volleyball Opens A-10 Schedule With 3-0 Sweep of Charlotte
Sept. 21, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington volleyball team opened Atlantic 10 play with a 3-0 sweep of Charlotte on Friday night at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 25-19, 25-23, 25-18.
The Colonials will conclude their five-match homestand on Saturday evening when they welcome VCU to the Smith Center for Camper/Reunion Day at 7 p.m.
GW (4-11, 1-0 A-10) used a strong defensive effort, limiting Charlotte (8-5, 0-1 A-10) to a .075 attack percentage on Friday evening. It marked the Colonials best defensive showing since limiting Bethune-Cookman to a .000 attack percentage in a 3-0 win on September 1.
The Colonials complemented their strong defense with a balanced offensive attack, as four players recorded at least five kills. Senior Lauren Whyte finished with a match-high 13 kills while junior Jamie Armstrong and sophomore Kelsey Newman each added nine winners. Sophomore Landon Garvik contributed five kills and redshirt freshman Jessica Lubic dished out 34 assists.
Charlotte opened the first set by jumping out to a 10-6 lead, but the Colonials settled down and ran off a 10-2 run to jump ahead and take a 16-12 lead, forcing a 49er timeout. GW maintained the momentum and clinched the set, 25-19 on consecutive kills from senior Lauren Whyte.
The Colonials limited the 49ers to a .086 attack percentage by forcing seven errors and recording two blocks in the opening frame.
Charlotte led 11-8 early in the second set but a 4-0 run by GW put them ahead 12-11, forcing another 49er timeout. Charlotte regained composure out of the stoppage, embarking on a 6-2 run to take a 17-14 advantage and, in turn, force a Colonial timeout.
GW responded with a 6-4 spurt out of the break and three consecutive kills by freshman Margarethe Skjelbred, Whyte and Armstrong pulled the Colonials within one point at 21-20. From there, GW closed on a 5-3 run to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-23 second-set victory.
The momentum carried over to the third set as the Colonials opened on a 7-2 run. Charlotte was able to battle back within one point at 11-10 but GW remained in control for the rest of the match, eventually earning a 25-18 victory, punctuated by a service ace from Lubic.
GW extends its lead in the series history against Charlotte to 8-5 and has not lost to the 49ers at the Smith Center since the 2005 season. GW also improves its home record under head coach Amanda Ault to 15-3 with the victory.