GW Volleyball Downs Duquesne, 3-1
Oct. 5, 2012
WASHINGTON - Senior Lauren Whyte was one of three players to record a double-double as the George Washington volleyball team rallied from a 1-0 deficit to win three straight sets and knock off visiting Duquense, 3-1, on Friday night at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 21-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-16.
GW (6-13, 3-2 A-10) used a balanced effort, which featured the trio of double-doubles and a season-high 11.0 team blocks, to hand Duquesne (15-6, 4-1 A-10) its first conference loss of the season.
Whyte led all players with 21 kills against just seven errors while adding 16 digs for her fourth double-double of the season and 36th of her career. Sophomore Kelsey Newman posted 15 kills, 12 digs and five blocks (one solo, four assists), and redshirt junior Jessica Lubic dished out 44 assists in addition to 16 digs.
Both teams were very efficient on offense in the opening set as the Colonials hit .324 (16k-4e-37a) while Duquesne swung .351 (15k-2e-37a). GW held a brief lead at 2-1 before the Dukes eventually opened a 20-15 advantage, forcing a Colonials' timeout. Out of the break, GW embarked on a 6-3 run to pull within two points of the lead at 23-21. However, Duquesne won the final two points on consecutive kills by Allison Foschia and Mary Henry.
The Colonials opened the second set on a 6-2 run, but allowed the Dukes to pull even at 13-13. A kill by sophomore Landon Garvik ignited a 7-2 run that opened up a 20-15 advantage. The Dukes responded by going on a 5-3 spurt, but the Colonials closed out the set strong on a kill from Newman to tie the match at a set apiece.
In the third set, the Colonials converted on 73-percent (14-of-19) of sideout opportunities and forced nine Duquesne errors to take a 2-1 lead with a 25-18 win. GW opened the set on a 4-1 run and never relinquished the lead as it used three service aces and three team blocks to take a 2-1 lead.
The momentum carried over to the fourth and deciding set as the Colonials hit .244 with just four attack errors on their way to a 25-16 victory. The teams were tied at 11-11 before the Colonials closed the match on a 14-5 run as Newman was responsible for three of the final four points of the evening on a trio of kills.
Freshman Alexis Huntey finished with eight kills and one block assist, while Garvik added six kills, five blocks (one solo, four assists) and one dig.
The Colonials totaled a season-high 11.0 team blocks in addition to their second-best serving effort of the season with eight service aces.
GW will return to action next weekend at Smith Center with a pair of matches against Philadelphia foes. The Colonials will host La Salle on Friday at 5:30 p.m., before facing Temple on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.