Volleyball Upends Saint Louis, 3-1
Colonials Defeat Billikens For First Time Since 1992
Oct. 3, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC -- The George Washington volleyball team snapped a seven-match losing string to Saint Louis Sunday turning back the visiting Billikens, 3-1, in an Atlantic 10 Conference match at Charles E. Smith Center. The Colonials won by the scores, 26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 25-18 in a two-hour battle. GW won the first-ever meeting between the teams 18 years ago during the 1992 season but SLU had won the last seven straight prior to Sunday, including all six meetings since joining the A-10 in 2005.
GW combined to hit .229 on 51 kills in 157 attempts with 15 errors while SLU managed to hit just .141 (54k-29e-177att).
GW sophomore Lauren Whyte led the Colonials offense with a match-high 19 kills with eight digs and a block for 19.5 points. Senior co-captain Katie Zulandt hit .458 on 13 kills in 24 swings and a pair of blocks for 15 points. Candace Silva-Martin led all players with 22 digs and served three aces on the afternoon. Sophomore setter Katie Crosby assisted on 45 of GW's 51 kills (88%) and added 13 digs and five blocks.
Saint Louis (7-9, 2-2) was led by Megan Boken's 14 kills, 14 digs and a block for 14.5 points. Carly Marcum added 14.5 points on 12 kills and four blocks. Alyssa Deno slammed 13 kills with 14 digs. Freshman setter Hannah Kvitle led the Billikens with 18 digs, 46 assists and contributed four kills.
After GW took a 9-3 lead to open the first set, SLU rallied to tie it at 11-11 and neither team led by more than four points the rest of the way. The Billikens arrived at set point on a kill by Deno for a 24-22 margin before three consecutive SLU errors gave the Colonials set point at 25-24. A kill by Zulandt gave the Colonials a dramatic come-from-behind 26-24 triumph.
The second set also was close through the first 10 points as the teams played though six ties, the last coming at 10-10. GW was able to pull away and maintain a 3-4 point lead the rest of the way en route to the 25-21 victory. The third set was the closest of the match as the teams battled through five lead changes and 12 ties, the last coming at 20-20 after a SLU attack error. A kill by Deno put SLU up one at 21-20 and the Colonials committed three errors down the stretch to give the set to the Billikens, 25-23, and force a fourth set.
GW came out strong in the fourth set quickly building a 14-6 lead and was never threatened. Saint Louis never got into a rhythm and committed 11 errors in the frame.
GW (13-7, 2-1 A-10) next plays Friday, Oct. 8 when it travels to Rhode Island (11-5, 2-2 A-10) for an A-10 match at 7 p.m.
Free live statistical updates of the GW-Rhode Island match are available by going to www.GWsports.com and clicking on the Gametracker link on the volleyball schedule.