Silva-Martin Sets A-10 Digs Record in 3-2 Loss vs. Rhode Island

Senior Candace Silva-Martin totaled a career-high 36 digs to move into sole possession of the Atlantic 10 career digs record in GW's 3-2 loss against Rhode Island on Sunday.

Nov. 4, 2012

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WASHINGTON - Senior Candace Silva-Martin totaled a career-high 36 digs to move into sole possession of the Atlantic 10 career digs record, but the George Washington volleyball team fell to visiting Rhode Island, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 25-12, 23-25, 25-21, 25-17, 11-15.

GW (10-17, 7-6 A-10) will close out the regular season on Saturday at Duquesne at 4 p.m.

The match featured 30 tie scores and 18 lead changes across five sets of intense action. GW held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 but was unable to close out Rhode Island (10-16, 6-7 A-10), who forced a decisive fifth set with a marathon 27-25 win in the fourth.

The Colonials won the first set, 25-12, on the strength of a stout defensive front that yielded just seven kills while holding the Rams to a .083 attack percentage.

Rhode Island responded in the second set, using three team blocks and spreading the attack among its outside hitters on the way to a 25-23 victory to tie the match at 1-1. The Rams held a 22-18 advantage late but the Colonials scored four straight points to tie the score at 22-22. However, Rhode Island's Britta Baarstad registered the final three kills to pull the Rams even.

GW regained the lead with a 25-21 win in the third set. Silva-Martin registered 10 of her career-high 36 digs in the third set, eclipsing the Atlantic 10 career digs mark of 2,080 and passing La Salle's Carolyn Judge ('06).

Rhode Island sprinted out to a 7-2 lead in the fourth set but the Colonials regained their composure and were able to pull even at 15-15 midway through the frame. After tying the match, GW scored six of the next nine points to take a 21-18 lead and force Rhode Island to burn their second timeout. Out of the break, the Rams unleashed a 6-2 run to pull ahead 24-23 and force GW to use its second timeout.

A kill by sophomore Kelsey Newman gave GW a brief 24-23 lead but Rhode Island took advantage of three GW attack errors and added a kill by Jill Anderson to clinch the set, 27-25, and force a decisive fifth set.

Rhode Island took a quick 2-0 lead in the fifth but the Colonials pulled even at 2-2. From there the teams traded points until a 6-6 tie, but Rhode Island used a quick three-point burst to take a 9-6 lead and force a GW timeout. Out of the break, the momentum stayed with Rhode Island as they closed on a 6-5 run to clinch the match with a 15-11 win.

Senior Lauren Whyte posted the 39th double-double of her career with 19 kills and 22 digs to lead GW. Newman posted her fifth double-double of the season with 18 kills and 14 digs. Newman added three aces, three assists and two blocks for a team-high 22.0 points.

Silva-Martin added three assists and three aces in addition to her career-high 36 digs. Her career total is now 2,105.

Rhode Island's Catie Steffen led all players with 21 kills against just two errors to go with 18 digs. Baarstad finished with 13 winners and 10 digs.

Five players posted double-digit digs as GW totaled a season-high 113 digs as a team. The Colonials also posted 10.5 team blocks, their seventh time in the last nine matches that they have posted at least 10.0 blocks. Freshman Margarethe Skjelbred led all players with five blocks while junior Jamie Armstrong added four rejections (one solo, three assists).



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