GW Volleyball Outlasted by Xavier, 3-2
Oct. 27, 2012
CINCINNATI, Ohio - The George Washington volleyball team rallied to force a decisive fifth set before falling to homestanding Xavier, 3-2, on Saturday night at Cintas Center. Set scores were 25-20, 13-25, 15-25, 25-22, 15-10.
GW (9-16, 6-5 A-10) fell behind early in the first set, but was able to keep the deficit at two points for much of the opening frame.
The Colonials pulled within one point at 13-12 on a service error, but Xavier (16-9, 8-2 A-10) created separation with a mini 3-0 run to take a 16-12 lead and force a Colonials' timeout. Out of the stoppage, GW erupted for a 13-4 run, clinching the set by forcing an attack error to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
Xavier was dominant in the second set, yielding just 13 points to GW on its way to a 25-13 win. The Musketeers limited the Colonials to just eight kills in the set while totaling 5.0 team blocks to tie the match at 1-1.
The momentum continued for Xavier into the third set as it sprinted out to a 15-3 lead. A brief 4-0 run by the Colonials got the score to 15-7, but the Musketeers rebounded to close out the set and take a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-15 win.
The Colonials regained their composure and opened the fourth set on a 10-3 run. XU was able to get within three points at 11-8 before tying the set at 16-16. A kill by Arne White gave the Musketeers a brief 17-16 lead and the teams traded points until a 22-22 deadlock late in the set.
Xavier regained the momentum at the start of the fifth set, opening on an 11-4 run. The Colonials battled back and pulled within three points at 13-10 on a block by junior Jamie Armstrong. However, Xavier clinched the match with consecutive points.
Whyte led GW with 17 kills and six digs, while sophomore Kelsey Newman posted a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs. She added two blocks (one solo, one assist).
Senior Candace Silva-Martin totaled a team-high 20 digs on the night and now needs just 29 to become the Atlantic 10's all-time career leader.
The Colonials will conclude their home schedule next weekend with matches against Fordham (Fri., 7:00 p.m.) and Rhode Island (Sun., 1:00 p.m.). Friday's match is the Get Buff Match while Sunday marks Senior Day. The Colonials will honor the contributions to the program by seniors Lauren Whyte, Candace Silva-Martin and Christie Graf.