GW Volleyball Falls to Towson, 3-1, in Non-Conference Finale

Senior Kelsey Newman led GW with 18 kills on Sunday.

Sept. 29, 2013

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WASHINGTON - Junior Kelsey Newman posted a match-high 18 kills, but it was not enough as the George Washington volleyball team fell to visiting Towson, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 17-25, 20-25, 25-23, 26-28.

GW (5-9) opens its Atlantic 10 conference schedule next weekend with visits to VCU (Fri., 7 p.m.) and Rhode Island (Sun., 1 p.m.).

Towson (6-13) raced out to a 2-0 lead in the match after hitting a combined .218 through the first two sets.

In the first set, the teams traded points until a tie score at 7-7. From there, the Tigers gained momentum and opened up a 15-11 advantage, forcing a GW timeout. Out of the break, Towson continued to apply pressure and clinched the set with a 25-17 victory.

In the second set, Towson opened on a 5-0 run and eventually extended the lead to 10-3 before the Colonials took a timeout. After the stoppage, GW battled back with an 11-4 run on the strength of service runs by senior Jamie Armstrong and sophomore Maddy Doyle to tie the score at 14-14. However, Towson regained the lead and closed the set on a 11-6 run to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

The Colonials were able to force a fourth set after picking up a 25-23 victory in the third. GW started the set on a 3-1 run before briefly surrendering the lead as Towson pulled ahead at 8-5. A kill by freshman Loren Williams stopped the run and the Colonials responded with four straight points to take a 10-8 lead.

From there, the teams traded points until GW was able to pull ahead by four points at 18-14 after a pair of attack errors and a service ace by Armstrong. The Tigers responded with a 4-0 spurt to once again tie the match at 18-18 and briefly took a 19-18 lead, but GW scored six of the next 11 points to secure the 25-23 victory and force a fifth set. In total, the teams battled through 12 ties and four lead changes in the third set.

Momentum appeared to be with the Colonials as they sprinted out to a 7-1 advantage to open the fourth, but Towson slowly crept back into the match and trailed by just two points at 15-13. GW applied the pressure down the stretch and was serving for the set at 24-19 before Towson erupted on a 5-0 run to tie the score 24-24 and eventually prevailed with a 28-26 victory to clinch the match.

The Colonials' defense posted a season-high 14.0 team blocks. Freshman Chidima Osuchukwu paced the team with eight rejections (one solo, seven assist) in addition to five kills.

Junior Landon Garvik joined Newman in double-figures with 10 winners, six digs and six block assists while Doyle posted a team-best 19 digs along with three assists and a service ace.



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