GW Volleyball Blocked by VCU, 3-0
Sept. 22, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington volleyball team concluded its five-match homestand with a 3-0 loss to Atlantic 10 newcomer VCU on Saturday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 22-25, 12-25, 20-25.
GW (4-12, 1-1 A-10) had trouble offsetting the blocking of VCU (13-2, 1-1 A-10) as the Rams totaled 16.0 team blocks while holding the Colonials to a .087 (33k-24e-108a) attack percentage.
The first set was the most competitive of the evening as the two teams battled through five ties and two lead changes. The Rams leapt to an 8-4 lead, eventually extending the advantage to 14-9 to force a Colonials' timeout. Out of the stoppage, the Colonials used a 6-2 run to pull within one point at 16-15.
The teams remained within two points of each other until the set's late moments, with the Colonials briefly gaining a one-point advantage at 21-20 after a rare kill by senior libero Candace Silva-Martin. However, the Rams responded by closing on a 5-1 run to take the set 25-22.
VCU's strong blocking was evident in the second set as they totaled five team blocks and forced 10 Colonials' errors, propelling the Rams to a 25-12 win and a 2-0 advantage in the match.
The Colonials opened the third set on a 7-3 run, but VCU was able to battle back and pull even at 10-10. The Rams momentum continued as they built a 20-14 lead by way of a 10-4 run, an advantage they would maintain until clinching the set and the match with a 25-20 victory on a kill from Romana Kriskova.
The Rams were led by Kristin Boyd, who totaled 13 kills and four blocks (one solo, three assists) while Kriskova and Anett Farkas each added eight kills.
Sophomore Landon Garvik led the Colonials with nine kills, two digs, one block and one ace. Senior Lauren Whyte added eight kills, four digs and two assists, while sophomore Kelsey Newman contributed seven kills and three digs.
Silva-Martin finished with 10 digs and freshman Margarethe Skjelbred totaled four block assists to lead the defense.
VCU's 16.0 team blocks marked the fifth time this season the Rams have totaled at least 15.0 blocks. The win also marked the first in the series between GW and VCU since the 1984 season. The Colonials still lead the series by a 16-4 advantage.
GW returns to action next weekend with a Midwest road trip to Butler (Fri., 7:00 p.m. ET) and Saint Louis (Sat., 5:30 p.m. ET).