GW Volleyball Sweeps Fordham, 3-0, In Front of Record Smith Center Crowd
Colonials Hit Season-High .367; Whyte Leads All Players With 16 Kills
Oct. 14, 2011
WASHINGTON - The George Washington volleyball team hit a season-high .367 in front of a record crowd of 1,317 at the Charles E. Smith Center to sweep Fordham in an Atlantic 10 Conference match Friday night. Set scores were 25-16, 25-23, 25-17.
GW (14-6, 3-3 A-10) totaled 48 kills against just 12 errors in 98 attempts for its highest hitting percentage of the season while holding Fordham (5-16, 2-4 A-10) to a .179 attack percentage (36k-19e-95a)
Junior Lauren Whyte led all players with 16 kills against just four errors for a .414 attack percentage. She also added eight digs, one service ace and one block assist for a match-high 17.5 points.
The Colonials set the tone in a dominant first set as they hit .567 with 18 kills against just one error for their highest single-set attack percentage of the season on the way to a 25-16 victory. The previous high was .526 (13k-3e-19a) in the first set in a victory over Howard on Aug. 30.
The toughest test of the match came in the second set as the Colonials and Rams battled through seven tie scores before GW pulled away for a 25-23 win. The Colonials held a 20-14 lead before the Rams rattled off five consecutive points to cut the deficit to 20-19. The teams exchanged points until the score was tied 23-23. A kill by Whyte gave the Colonials set point at 24-23 and the GW defense forced an attack error to clinch the second set.
The Colonials' offensive dominance reemerged in the final set as they hit .353 on the way to a 25-17 victory to clinch the match. Whyte had six of her 16 kills in the final frame while freshman Kelsey Newman added four kills. Newman finished with 12 kills against jus three errors (.360) with six digs, two assists and two blocks (one solo, one assist).
Defensively, junior Candace Silva-Martin finished with a match-high 12 digs while sophomore Jamie Armstrong added a match-high four blocks (one solo, three assist).
Fordham came into the match as the second best blocking team in the Atlantic 10 but the Colonials offensive game plan limited the Rams to just six team blocks. The Rams were led by Lisa Hipp (10 kills), Brittany Dalton (eight kills, one block assist) and Krissy Buongiorno (six kills, two block assists).
The crowd of 1,317 fans set a record for attendance at a GW volleyball match. The previous record was 1,090, set on Nov. 11, 1995 when All-American Svetlana Vturina (`96) set the NCAA kills record.
The Colonials will return to action Sunday afternoon for the annual Pink Match against Rhode Island. Match time is 1 p.m. and fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The Colonials will auction off their game-used pink jerseys at the conclusion of the match to raise money for the cause.