GW Volleyball Slams Saint Louis in Five Sets, 3-2
Colonials Improve to 11-1 at Smith Center; Host Duquesne Saturday for Senior Day
Nov. 4, 2011
WASHINGTON - Junior Lauren Whyte finished with a match-high 19 kills and junior Katie Crosby added her ninth double-double of the season with 43 assists and 12 digs to lead the George Washington volleyball to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Saint Louis at the Charles E. Smith Center Friday night. Set scores were 25-23, 20-25, 25-18, 18-25, 15-9.
GW (18-8, 7-5 A-10) improves its Smith Center record to 11-1 this season while avenging its 3-0 loss at Saint Louis (12-10, 8-4 A-10) on Sept. 25.
The two teams battled through 27 ties and 13 lead changes throughout the course of the match, highlighted by a back-and-forth opening set that featured 16 ties and seven lead changes. GW captured the first set, 25-23.
Saint Louis rebounded in the second set, holding GW to a -.026 attack percentage to take the frame 25-20. The Billikens opened the game on a 5-1 run but the Colonials stormed back to tie the score at 9-9. Saint Louis proceeded to regain control and fought off a late Colonial rally to knot the match at 1-1 with a 25-20 win.
Momentum shifted back to the Colonials in the third set as they hit .324 with just five errors to clinch the frame, 25-18. Whyte totaled five of her 19 kills in the third set to give GW a 2-1 lead. Whyte hit .258 with just three errors for the match.
Saint Louis once again bounced back from a one-set deficit to win the fourth set, 25-18, and force a decisive fifth frame.
Defense was the story in the deciding set as the Colonials totaled six block, led by three from sophomore Jamie Armstrong, to hold off Saint Louis en route to a 15-9 victory. Armstrong finished with nine block assists to go with seven kills and five digs. Whyte and freshmen Landon Garvik and Kelsey Newman each added a block assist in the fifth set as GW held Saint Louis to a .095 attack percentage.
The Billikens entered the match as one of the best blocking teams in the Atlantic 10, but were out-blocked by the Colonials, 13-12 for the match.
Junior Candace Silva-Martin, the A-10's digs leader, added a match-high 30 digs to pace the Colonials' defense.
The Colonials return to action Saturday night, hosting Duquesne in the home finale at the Charles E. Smith Center. The Colonials will honor their lone senior, MacKenzie Knox following the 7 p.m., match.