GW Volleyball Back on Track With 3-1 Win at Charlotte
Oct. 20, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The George Washington volleyball team got back in the win column with a 3-1 win over Charlotte on Saturday night at Halton Arena. Set scores were 25-23, 25-15, 24-26, 25-18.
GW (9-14, 6-3 A-10) opened the match on a 5-2 run but allowed Charlotte (9-12, 1-8 A-10) to pull even at 11-11. The teams exchanged points before the 49ers gained a brief advantage at 14-12. The Colonials then erupted on a 8-3 run to take a 20-17 lead on the way to a 25-23 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
The first set ended being the closest of the match as the teams battled through seven ties and three lead changes.
The Colonials fell behind 3-1 in the second set before turning on the offense and building a 12-8 advantage and forcing a timeout. Out of the break, the Colonials continued to apply the pressure by opening up an eight-point lead at 20-12 and forcing a second timeout. GW remained in control, closing on a 5-3 run, to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Charlotte responded by limiting the Colonials to a .079 (12k-9e-38a) attack percentage in the third set on the way to a 26-24 victory, cutting the match deficit to 2-1. The Colonials led for most of the set, including holding a 17-15 lead midway through the frame. However, a 7-3 run by Charlotte allowed the 49ers to open a 22-20 advantage.
A kill by senior Lauren Whyte and a 49er attack error allowed the Colonials to pull even at 22-22 but two consecutive kills from Charlotte pushed the advantage back to 24-22. Whyte pulled GW within one once again with a kill but Charlotte was able to hang on for a 26-24 victory.
The Colonials regained their composure in the fourth set, opening on a 9-3 run and maintaining the advantage for the rest of the match. The 49ers were never able to get within five points as the Colonials hit .211 (8k-4e-19a) while forcing eight attack errors to clinch the match with a 25-18 victory.
Whyte led GW with her sixth double-double of the season, and 38th of her career, with 15 kills and 11 digs. She added two blocks (one solo, one assist) for a match-high 16.5 points.
Sophomore Kelsey Newman also posted double-digit kills with 11 winners to go with seven digs, five block assists and two assists for 13.5 points.
The Colonials recorded a season-high 15.0 blocks with six block-assists each from sophomore Landon Garvik, freshman Alexis Huntey and junior Jamie Armstrong. Huntey added 30 assists, five digs, two aces and three kills.
The Colonials also tied a season-high with eight service aces.
GW returns to action next weekend with a roadtrip to Ohio to visit No. 18 Dayton (Fri, 7 p.m. ET) and Xavier (Sat., 7 p.m. ET).