Volleyball Rallies to Top La Salle in A-10 Opener


Sept. 22, 2017

Box Score


PHILADELPHIA - The George Washington volleyball team erased a 2-1 deficit in the match and stormed back from being down 14-8 in the fifth set to knock off La Salle, 3-2, on Friday night in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams at Tom Gola Arena.

Key Stats

  • Senior Aaliya Davidson turned in a fine performance, recording her sixth career double-double with a team-high 13 kills and a career-high 18 digs.
  • Senior Kristel Moor also finished with double-digit kills, putting down 11 winners with four blocks. The native of Estonia contributed two kills and a key block in the decisive fifth set.
  • Jaimeson Lee and Stacey Benton shared the setting duties. Lee finished with 28 assists, eight digs and two blocks while Benton double-doubled with 19 assists, 16 digs and added two service aces.
  • The match was tied 31 times while the lead changed hands 12 times.
  • GW converted 68 percent (61-of-89) of sideout opportunities throughout the match, the second-highest team total this season.
  • Junior Kelsey Clark wreaked havoc at the net, finishing with seven kills and seven blocks.
  • Four different players recorded double-figure digs to help the Colonials to a 73-72 advantage for the match. Davidson (18), Benton (16), freshman Sydney Welch (12) and sophomore Skylar Iott (10) all achieved the feat.
  • As a team, GW outblocked the Explorers, 12.0-7.0.

    Set 1: La Salle 26, GW 24
  • The set was tightly contested for the early portion until GW took an 11-9 lead.
  • La Salle answered with a 12-4 run to take a 21-15 lead and eventually was serving for the set at 24-17 before GW mounted a comeback.
  • GW scored seven straight points to tie the match at 24-24 and force a timeout. The Explorers regained momentum and scored the final two points on kills to win the set.
  • Davidson put down six errorless kills in the first set while Welch totaled six of her digs along the back line.

    Set 2: GW 25, La Salle 18

  • GW's best offensive set of the match came in the second with an attack percentage of .323 (15k-5e-31a).
  • The Colonials trailed early, 7-6, but chipped away to open a 12-8 lead midway through.
  • Each time that La Salle cut it close the Colonials were able to counter punch.
  • La Salle would get as close as three points at 16-13 but GW used a 4-1 spurt to open a 20-14 lead and never looked back.

    Set 3: La Salle 25, GW 21
  • La Salle committed just three attack errors in the third set while swinging .318 en route to the win.
  • There were 12 ties and three lead changes in the third set but the Explorers did not surrender the lead down the stretch.
  • GW cut the lead to one point three times in the waning moments but were turned away each time.

    Set 4: GW 25, La Salle 20
  • GW limited La Salle to a negative hitting percentage by forcing nine attack errors in a match-tying fourth-set victory.
  • The Colonials started the set on an 8-0 run and led by as many as ten points at 19-9.
  • La Salle attempted a late comeback but the damage had been done as GW tied the match at 2-2 with a 25-20 win.

    Set 5: GW 17, La Salle 15
  • La Salle started the fifth set on a 7-2 run and led 8-3 when the teams switched sides.
  • The Explorers looked in line for the win when they extended the lead to 11-4 and later, 14-8.
  • A kill by Davidson ignited a furious 7-0 run that put GW ahead by one point at 15-14.
  • La Salle tied it at 15-15 but back-to-back kills by Moor clinched the comeback victory.

     

     

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