GW Volleyball Sweeps La Salle, 3-0, For Third Straight Win
Balanced Offensive Attack and Strong Defense Send Colonials to Fourth A-10 Victory
Oct. 12, 2012
WASHINGTON - Four players recorded at least seven kills and the Colonials totaled 10.0 team blocks for the second match in a row as the George Washington volleyball team swept visiting La Salle, 3-0, on Friday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 25-15, 25-20, 25-14.
GW (7-13, 4-2 A-10) used a balanced offensive attack, led by sophomore Kelsey Newman's .409 attack percentage. Newman totaled 10 kills against just one error in 22 attempts to pace a Colonials offense that hit .257 (40k-12e-109a) on the evening.
Senior Lauren Whyte and junior Jamie Armstrong also had efficient offensive efforts on the evening. Whyte posted nine kills against just three errors while Armstrong slammed eight winners against just two errors. Freshman Margarethe Skjelbred posted seven kills with one error for a .400 attack percentage with three block assists.
The Colonials assumed control of the match with a 25-15 first-set victory, in which they held La Salle (3-18, 0-5 A-10) to a .105 attack percentage. GW opened the match on a 5-2 run but the Explorers eventually pulled even at 7-7, and took a brief 8-7 lead. A kill by Newman tied the match and ignited a 7-1 run to build give the Colonials a 14-9 lead. They yielded just five more points in the set en route to the 25-15 victory.
The Colonials converted on 75-percent (15-for-20) of sideout point opportunities and posted 5.0 team blocks on the way to a 25-20 win in the second set. The teams battled through seven ties and two lead changes before the Colonials pulled away late, building a 23-17 lead. La Salle scored the next two points to pull within four points, but GW ended the threat by clinching the frame by forcing an attack error.
With momentum clearly on their side, the Colonials opened the third set on a 9-2 run. The Colonials maintained the comfortable advantage, building the lead to 18-9 and forcing a La Salle timeout. Out of the stoppage, GW maintained its lead on the way to a 25-14 third-set victory to clinch its third straight win.
Whyte totaled four blocks, four digs, and one ace to go with her nine kills. Armstrong also posted four blocks while sophomore Landon Garvik contributed a career-high six blocks to go with three digs and two kills.
Freshman Alexis Huntey got the start at the setter position and facilitated the offense with 28 assists to go with nine digs, three kills, one block and one service ace. Senior Candace Silva-Martin finished with a team-high 17 digs.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. when they host Temple at Smith Center at the annual Dig Pink match. The first 50 fans through the gates will receive a free Dig Pink T-shirt.