GW Volleyball Stumbles at No. 15 Dayton, 3-0
Oct. 26, 2012
DAYTON, Ohio - The George Washington volleyball team played its fifth ranked opponent of the 2012 season on Friday night, but suffered a 3-0 loss at No. 15 Dayton at Frericks Center. Set scores were 17-25, 22-25, 15-25.
GW (9-15, 6-4 A-10) hit just .097 (36k-26e-103a) in the match while Dayton (18-4, 10-0 A-10), who entered the match as the A-10 leaders in hitting percentage, kills and assists, swung an efficient .276 with just 12 attack errors on the evening.
After the Colonials jumped out to a 4-3 lead in the first set, the teams battled through five ties and one lead change before the Flyers earned a 1-0 lead in the match with a 25-17 win.
Dayton sprinted out to an 8-3 lead in the second set, forcing the Colonials to use a timeout. The Flyers eventually extended their lead to 17-11 and at one point led 23-16 before a 5-0 run by GW pulled the Colonials within two points at 23-21. A kill by Dayton's Alaina Turner put Dayton at set point, but it was briefly interrupted by a kill from senior Lauren Whyte. However, the Flyers assumed a 2-0 lead in the match on a ball-handling error with a 25-22 victory.
The Flyers played a near flawless third set, swinging .545 with just three attack errors while converting on 86-percent (13-of-15) of sideout point opportunities, on the way to a 25-15 victory to clinch the match.
Whyte and sophomore Kelsey Newman each posted 10 kills to pace the Colonials' offense. Whyte added eight digs and two block assists while Junior Jamie Armstrong posted seven kills. Freshman Alexis Huntey totaled 29 assists to go with nine digs and five kills.
Rachel Krabacher led all players with 12 kills and nine digs. She entered ranked first in the conference and 10th in the nation in kills per set.
Dayton held an advantage in blocks (11.5 - 4.5) and digs (35-34) and totaled just 12 attack errors in 87 attempts.
GW returns to action on Saturday night with a visit to Cincinnati to face Xavier at 7 p.m. ET. The Colonials and Musketeers split their matches last season, with each team winning at home.