GW Volleyball Knocks Off VCU, 3-2, For Third Straight Win
Colonials Stun First-Place Rams in Front of Raucous Smith Center Crowd
Oct. 12, 2013
WASHINGTON - Junior Kelsey Newman led four players in double-digit kills with 19 winners as the George Washington volleyball team knocked off previous A-10 unbeaten VCU, 3-2, for its third consecutive victory on Saturday night at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 17-25, 25-22, 25-18, 19-25, 15-8.
GW (8-10, 3-1 A-10) countered one of the top defensive units in the Atlantic 10 with a .177 attack percentage (54k-25e-164a) and 13.5 team blocks.
VCU (17-5, 5-1 A-10) entered the evening as the only unbeaten team in the Atlantic 10 in conference matches.
VCU gained a 1-0 lead in the match after swinging .480 (13k-1e-25a) in the first set en route to a 25-17 victory, but the Colonials responded by taking the next two frames by scores of 25-22 and 25-18, respectively.
In the second set, VCU opened a 7-4 advantage and maintained the lead until the 18-16 mark, which forced a GW timeout. From there, the Colonials rattled off a 5-1 run to take a 21-19 lead and force a VCU timeout.
In the third set, the Colonials limited VCU to a negative attack percentage, forcing six errors and limiting the Rams to just five kills. GW trailed 10-8 at one point, but reversed the momentum with an 11-5 run to build a 19-15 lead, which prompted a VCU timeout. Out of the stoppage, the Colonials would yield just three more points before taking a 2-1 lead with a 25-18 win.
VCU, which was pushed to five sets in its victory over George Mason on Friday night, responded with a 25-19 victory in the fourth set to force a decisive fifth frame. The Colonials yielded the first point of the fifth set, but scored six of the next seven points to take a 6-2 lead. Following a VCU timeout, senior Rachael Goss stepped to the service line and ignited a 6-0 run which extended GW's advantage to 12-2 and put VCU on the brink of defeat.
The Rams scored four points in a row to pull within eight points of the lead, but the Colonials closed out the match with a 15-8 triumph, which concluded with fans storming the Smith Center court in celebration.
Newman's 19 kills came against just five attack errors for a .333 attack percentage. The Charlotte, N.C., native added three blocks (one solo, two assist) and a service ace.
The trio of Goss, junior Landon Garvik and freshman Chidima Osuchukwu posted 10 kills apiece. Osuchukwu led the Colonials on the block with a season-high 11 rejections (one solo, 10 assist) while Goss and Garvik each contributed three block assists.
Senior Jessica Burr was on point at the service line, registering three service aces in addition to a career-high 12 digs.
GW returns to action next weekend with a visit to La Salle on Friday night before returning to Smith Center to host local rival and Atlantic 10 newcomer George Mason on Sunday afternoon.