GW Volleyball Downs Dayton, 3-1, for Key A-10 Win
Three Players Register Double-Digit Kills as Colonials Top Flyers For First Time Since 2002
Nov. 1, 2013
WASHINGTON - Junior Kelsey Newman posted her 10th career double-double with a match-high 21 kills and 17 digs as the George Washington volleyball team defeated Dayton, 3-1, on Friday night at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 25-18, 20-25, 27-25, 25-23.
The win marks the Colonials' first victory over the Flyers since November 22, 2002, a span of 16 consecutive meetings. Friday's win is also GW's second straight victory and seventh win in its past eight outings.
GW (12-11, 7-2 A-10) was able to dispatch the Flyers in four sets despite Dayton (10-12, 4-6 A-10), the A-10's top blocking unit, registering 13.5 team blocks. The Colonials hit .194 in the match with 64 kills as two other players joined Newman with double-digit winners.
The Colonials led wire-to-wire in the first set in a 25-18 victory. GW limited Dayton to just six kills in the opening frame while hitting .256 (18k-7e-43a) and converting 73 percent (14-of-19) of sideout point opportunities.
Dayton rebounded in the second set and forced 13 attack errors before posting a 25-18 win to tie the match at 1-1.
In the third set, the Colonials hit a match-best .292 with just six attack errors and survived a late rally to take a 2-1 lead in the match with a 27-25 win.
GW led 23-21 late in the set, but Dayton responded out of a time out by tying the match at 24-24, which in turn forced a GW timeout. Out of the break, a kill by freshman Chidima Osuchukwu put the Colonials in front 25-24, but the Flyers answered again to force a deadlock at 25-25. Newman's winner put the Colonials ahead at 26-25 and sophomore Maddy Doyle's clutch service ace clinched the set, putting GW ahead 2-1 in the match.
The Colonials got off to a slow start in the fourth set, facing deficits of 7-4 and 11-9, before rallying to tie the set at 11-11. From there, GW erupted for an 8-3 run to take a commanding 19-14 lead, from which Dayton would not recover.
Following a timeout, the Colonials continued to apply pressure, but the Flyers chipped away at the lead and trailed by just two points at 21-19. On the next ball, a kill by junior Gabrial Rushton put GW ahead 22-19. Dayton scored two of the next three points before senior Rachael Goss' kill clinched the match with a 25-23 victory.
Goss and junior Landon Garvik each joined Newman in double-digit kills. Goss registered her ninth career double-double with 16 kills and 15 digs, while Garvik added 10 kills and two block assists.
Freshman Emily Clemens facilitated the offense with a career-high 52 assists in addition to 14 digs and three kills, securing her seventh double-double of the season.
Sophomore Maddy Doyle was GW's top passer on the evening, registering 17 digs.
Rushton added five kills and three block assists and Osuchukwu posted nine kills and one solo rejection.
GW returns to action on Saturday night when it hosts Duquesne at 7 p.m. in the annual BUFF OUT MATCH.