Pretty In Pink: Volleyball Pays Back Temple, 3-0
Oct. 30, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC -- Wearing pink uniforms to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer, the GW Volleyball team blitzed league-rival Temple, 3-0, Friday night in an A-10 match at GW's Charles E. Smith Center. The Colonials won by the scores, 25-17, 25-19, 25-14, in a 1-hour, 12-minute contest on Dig Pink Night. GW combined to hit .280 (42 kills - 14 errors - 100 attempts) for the match while holding the Owls to a .101 (33-22-109) attack percentage. The victory avenged a Sept. 26 loss at Temple in Philadelphia. It was GW's 10th win in its last 13 outings and 19th victory of the year matching its 2008 season total.
GW was led by freshman Lauren Whyte's 12.5 points on a team-high 11 kills while hitting .375 with six digs and a pair of blocks. Leah Hill (11 kills, 13 digs) and Katie Butz (9 kills, 4 blocks) each contributed 11 points to the victory. A-10 Co-Rookie/Co-Defensive Player of the Week, Candace Silva-Martin, added 13 digs and Alex Coward pounded three service aces.
Temple (10-9, 6-4 A-10) was led by Yun Yi Zhang's 14 points on 14 kills. Cayleigh Ashman added 7.5 points on seven kills, four digs and a block assist. Setter Jackie Morrison assisted on 27 of Temple's 33 kills in the match.
The first set was the most competitive of the evening featuring a pair of lead changes and four ties, the last coming at 11-11 before the Colonials strung together a 10-1 run to put the set away. The second set saw GW race out to a 9-1 lead to begin the set before Temple closed to within two at 17-15 on a kill by Zhang. GW responded with a 5-1 spurt for a 21-16 advantage and coasted to the 25-19 triumph.
The third set was all GW after taking a 6-0 lead fueled by four Temple attack errors and kills from Butz and MacKenzie Knox. The Colonials lead ballooned to 11-2 as Temple continued to implode committing another attack error and a service error. Leading 24-14, Hill took a set from Alyssa Valentine and crushed a cross-court kill to give GW just its fourth victory over Temple in the last 11 years.
GW (19-8, 6-4 A-10) next travels to Rhode Island (7-14, 1-8 A-10) Sunday to face the Rams in a 1 p.m. match at Keaney Gym. Earlier this season, the GW swept URI, 3-0, at Smith Center on Oct. 2. The GW-URI match will be available on www.GWsports.com GameTracker.