GW Volleyball Outlasts Temple, 3-2, For Fourth Straight Win
Oct. 14, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington volleyball team had three players record double-doubles while posting a season-high 13.0 team blocks on its way to a 3-2 victory over Temple on Sunday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 25-27, 25-18, 30-28, 20-25, 15-12.
GW (8-13, 5-2 A-10) has now won four matches in a row and improves its home record under second-year head coach Amanda Ault to 18-4.
Senior Lauren Whyte posted her fifth double-double of the season, and 37th of her career, with a match-high 26 kills and 24 digs. Her 26 winners came on a career-high 77 attempts and she added two blocks, one assist and one ace in a solid all-around performance.
Sophomore Kelsey Newman also had a strong game, posting 23 kills and 18 digs for her third double-double of the season. She added three blocks (two solo, one assist), one assist and one ace.
Freshman Alexis Huntey, stepping into the setter position for the second straight game, posted a career-high 51 assists to go with 17 digs for her first career double-double. She added seven kills, six blocks and two service aces for 12.0 points.
The Colonials got off to a slow start, hitting just .022 (13k-12e-45a) in the opening set as Temple (14-7, 4-3 A-10) took a 1-0 lead in the match with a 27-25 victory.
GW rebounded in the second set, swinging a blistering .371 (16k-3e-35a) and maintaining control from the opening serve on its way to a 25-18 victory to tie the match at 1-1. Whyte totaled eight of her 26 kills in the second set as the Colonials converted on 77 percent (14-of-18) of their sideout point opportunities.
The Colonials again started slow in the third set, falling behind 7-3 before rallying within one point at 12-11 to force a Temple timeout. Out of the stoppage, the two teams remained within two points of each other the remainder of the set. A kill by Gabriella Matautia gave the Owls a brief 24-23 lead, but the Colonials fought off set point by forcing an attack error. A kill by Huntey gave the Colonials a 25-24 lead, but Temple responded by tying the match. The Colonials eventually pulled away using consecutive kills from Newman and Huntey to clinch the set, 30-28, and take a 2-1 lead.
Temple refused to go away quietly, opening the fourth on a 6-2 run, which forced a GW timeout. Out of the break, GW embarked on a 7-1 to take a 9-7 lead and, in turn, force an Owls' timeout. The Owls rebounded, opened an 18-13 advantage and eventually forced a decisive fifth set with a 25-20 victory.
The momentum appeared to be on Temple's side at the start of the fifth set as the Owls jumped out to a 7-4 lead. However, the Colonials stormed back on the strength of a 7-2 run to take an 11-9 lead.
After a Temple timeout, Huntey delivered a clutch service ace, followed by kills from Whyte and Newman to get the Colonials to match point at 14-9. A brief Temple run got the Owls within two points at 14-12, but a vicious kill by Newman out of a timeout clinched the match for the Colonials.
GW set a new season-high in blocks for the second straight match with 13.0 team blocks. Junior Jamie Armstrong led the defensive front with eight rejections (one solo, seven assists) while Huntey contributed six.
For the match, GW hit .166 (74k-37e-223a) as it set season-highs in kills, attempts, assists, digs, block assists and total blocks. Temple hit .139 (54k-26a-201a) on the afternoon.
GW will carry its four-match win streak to next weekend as the Colonials hit the road to visit VCU and Charlotte. GW defeated Charlotte, 3-1, in the Atlantic 10 opener on September 21 and fell to VCU, 3-0, on Sept. 22.