GW Volleyball Tops Rhode Island in Five Sets
Osuchukwu Posts 13 Kills and Six Blocks; Colonials Host La Salle & VCU Next Weekend
Oct. 6, 2013
KINGSTON, R.I. - The George Washington volleyball team erased a 1-0 deficit before stopping a late rally for a five-set victory over Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon at Keaney Gymnasium.
GW (6-10, 1-1 A-10) hit .207 (56k-26e-145a) in the match and totaled a season-high 15.0 blocks to pick up its first Atlantic 10 victory of the season.
Rhode Island (9-9, 2-2 A-10) limited the Colonials to a negative attack percentage in the opening set and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the match with a 25-18 victory.
The Colonials fell behind 3-1 in the second set but posted six straight points to take a 7-3 lead. From there, the teams traded points before URI opened an 18-14 advantage.
A Rhode Island service error opened the door to an 11-4 run for the Colonials, as they tied the match with a 25-22 win.
GW limited Rhode Island to just five kills in the third set and capitalized on 75-percent (18-of-24) of sideout point opportunities to take a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-23 victory.
The Colonials rode the momentum into the fourth set and opened a 19-12 advantage before hitting a cold spell, which allowed Rhode Island to score 15 of the next 17 points and win the set, 25-21, forcing a deciding fifth frame.
GW led wire-to-wire in the fifth and limited Rhode Island's attack to just six kills and clinched the match with a 15-10 victory.
Junior Landon Garvik was the leader at the net, accumulating a career-high 10 block assists in addition to eight kills. Freshman Gabrial Rushton was also strong on the block, totaling nine block assists.
Sophomore Maddy Doyle led all players with 19 digs.
GW returns to action on Friday night against La Salle at 7:00 p.m. before hosting VCU on Saturday night.