GW Volleyball Rallies to Stun Saint Louis, 3-2
Sept. 29, 2012
SAINT LOUIS, Mo. - The George Washington volleyball team, on the strength of three players with double-doubles, rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Saint Louis on Saturday night in a five-set thriller at Chaifetz Pavillion. Set scores were 13-25, 15-25, 28-26, 25-20, 15-12.
Whyte led all players with 18 kills and 10 digs for 18 points, while Newman slammed 14 winners with career-highs of 18 digs and six blocks (three solo, three assisted) for a match-high 19.5 points. Lubic's effort consisted of 39 assists and 15 digs.
The Colonials found themselves in a 2-0 hole after hitting -.186 in the first set and -.024 in the second as they dropped the frames, 13-25 and 15-25, respectively.
GW's offense came alive in the third set as the Colonials opened the frame on a 9-3 run. Saint Louis (5-13, 0-4 A-10) was able to cut the deficit to three points at 10-7 before the Colonials unleashed a 9-4 spurt to open up a 19-11 advantage.
The momentum shifted back to the Billikens as they mounted an impressive comeback which pulled the teams even at 23-23 late in the set. The Colonials regained their composure down the stretch, using two kills from Whyte and one from Newman to clinch a 26-24 victory.
In the fourth set, GW once again jumped out to an early lead at 8-4, but Saint Louis used a 6-2 run to tie the match at 10-10. After exchanging the next few points, the Colonials opened a two-point cushion that they maintained for the remainder of the set before closing out a 25-20 victory by forcing an attack error.
Saint Louis briefly recaptured the momentum by opening the deciding set on a 7-3 run, but GW responded by using a 6-1 run to take a 9-8 lead. The Colonials clung to that one-point lead at 11-10 until Newman and Landon Garvik slammed back-to-back kills to open a three-point cushion, then Garvik posted consecutive kills to clinch the comeback.
Garvik chipped in eight kills total and three block assists. Freshman Alexis Huntey added four kills, two assists and six digs, while Lubic and freshman Margarethe Skjelbred added three kills apiece.
Freshman Maddy Doyle posted 20 digs for the second consecutive night in addition to four assists and two aces. Senior Candace Silva-Martin added a match-high 23 digs and three assists to anchor the defense.
After the slow start, the Colonials rebounded to hit .117 (50k-29e-179a) while holding the Billikens to a .151 (47k-20e-179a) attack percentage.
The Colonials will open a three-match homestand on Friday against Duquesne at 7:00 p.m., for Alumnae Night.