GW Volleyball Downs George Mason, 3-1, For Fifth Straight Win

Freshman Chidima Osuchukwu posted 14 kills against just one attack error as GW won its fifth straight match with a 3-1 victory over George Mason on Sunday.

Oct. 20, 2013

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WASHINGTON - Three players finished with at least 10 kills as the George Washington volleyball team won its fifth straight match with a 3-1 win over George Mason on Sunday afternoon in the inaugural event of the Revolutionary Rivalry at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 25-18, 25-16, 19-25, 25-10.

GW (10-10, 5-1 A-10) hit .291 (57k-23a-117a) in the match while limiting George Mason (6-15, 2-5 A-10) to a .105 (33k-21e-114a) attack percentage. The Colonials are one of three one-loss teams in the A-10 along with VCU (7-1) and Duquesne (6-1).

Senior Rachael Goss and freshman Chidima Osuchukwu tallied 14 kills apiece to pace GW's attack. Goss' winners came with just three attack errors (.367), while Osuchukwu committed just one offensive miscue en route to a season-high attack percentage of .765 (14k-1e-17a).

The Colonials dominated the first set, hitting .467 with just three attack errors on the way to a 25-18 victory. Goss recorded five of her 14 kills in the opening frame and the Colonials' defense limited George Mason to just 10 kills while converting 77-percent (14-of-18) of sideout point opportunities.

GW opened the second set by scoring six straight points before extending its lead to 11-3. George Mason attempted to battle back and got as close as five points at 13-7, but the Colonials continued to apply pressure and built a 22-15 lead late in the frame.

Following a timeout, a service ace from sophomore Maddy Doyle gave GW a 23-15 lead and a kill by freshman Emily Clemens, coupled with a GMU attack error, gave GW a 2-0 lead with a 25-16 win.

GW's attack faltered in the third set as the Colonials committed 10 attack errors and registered just nine kills as George Mason cut the deficit to 2-1 with a 25-19 victory.

GW regained the momentum in the fourth set by opening the frame on a 5-1 run, which forced a George Mason timeout. The Colonials extended the lead to 15-6 and from there closed the match on a 10-4 run to clinch the win with a 25-10 victory. The Colonials hit a match-high .591 (16k-3e-22a) in the fourth set.

Junior Kelsey Newman also registered double-digit kills with 11 winners in addition to six digs and one block assist, while freshman Emily Clemens posted a season-high 47 assists with five error-free kills, eight digs and one block assist.

Junior Gabrial Rushton paced the Colonials on the block, totaling five rejections (one solo, four assist) while adding four kills.

Seniors Jamie Armstrong and Jessica Burr combined for five service aces. Armstrong put down three aces in addition to three digs, while Burr tied her career-high with 12 digs in addition to two aces.

With the win, the Colonials tallied one point in the Revolutionary Rivalry, the annual competition between new A-10 rivals GW and Mason. The teams will meet again next Sunday in Fairfax, Va., with another point up for grabs.

The Colonials will visit Duquesne next Friday in Pittsburgh, Pa., at 7:00 p.m. before Sunday's matinee at George Mason.



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