Silva-Martin Sets Career Digs Record in 3-0 Loss to Dayton
1,440 Career Digs for Silva-Martin; Whyte Has 14 Kills
Oct. 7, 2011
WASHINGTON - Junior libero Candace Silva-Martin recorded a match-high 14 digs to become the all-time leader in school history, but it was not enough as the George Washington volleyball team fell to Dayton, 3-0, in an Atlantic 10 Conference match at the Charles E. Smith Center Friday night. Set scores were 25-17, 25-12, 26-24.
Silva-Martin led all players with 14 digs to move past Suzana Manole ('00) and Ruth Lazzari ('03) into sole possession of the career digs record. The Fremont, Calif., native now has 1,440 career digs.
GW (12-6, 1-3 A-10) struggled offensively in the match, hitting just .206 while Dayton (12-5, 5-0 A-10) swung .320 to earn its eighth straight victory and 30th consecutive Atlantic 10 win.
The Colonials were led by junior Lauren Whyte who finished with 14 kills, four digs and one block assist. Freshman Christy Harper hit .333 (9k-2e-21a) while freshmen Kelsey Newman and Landon Garvik contributed five kills each.
Junior Katie Crosby, who entered the weekend leading the A-10 with 10.45 assists per set, totaled 31 assists to go with eight digs and two block assists.
Dayton hit .310 in the first set and .333 in the second set to take a commanding 2-0 lead. The Flyers were led by Rachel Kranbacher (15 kills) and Megan Campbell (14 kills) on offense while Paige Vargas (11 digs), Yvonne Martin (11 digs) and Campbell (four block assists) paced the defense.
In the final set, GW played its best volleyball of the evening while hitting .381 with 17 kills against just one error. The Colonials and Flyers exchanged the lead three times with nine ties in the final frame, which saw the Colonials hold a late 22-19 lead, before Dayton rallied and pulled away in the closing minutes to clinch the victory.
The Colonials will return to action Sunday afternoon against Xavier at the Charles E. Smith Center at 1 p.m.