GW Volleyball Falls at Duquesne, 3-1
Nov. 10, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Senior Lauren Whyte posted a double-double with 19 kills and 18 digs, but the George Washington volleyball team was unable to stop Duquesne as the Colonials fell to the Dukes, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon at the AJ Palumbo Center.
GW concludes its 2012 season with a 10-18 overall record and a 7-7 mark in the Atlantic 10. By virtue of Butler's victory over Saint Louis, the Colonials will not advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship.
Duquesne (22-10, 9-5 A-10) opened the match with a 25-20 victory in the first set before the Colonials rallied for a 25-22 win in the second. GW opened the set on a 5-1 run and held a lead over the Dukes until the hosts were able to pull even at 11-11. The Colonials' defense then forced an attack error to regain the lead, an advantage they maintained for the remainder of the set.
The Colonials went up by as many as seven points at 21-14 following a kill from freshman Margarethe Skjelbred, which forced a Duquesne timeout. The Dukes went on a 5-1 run out the stoppage, which forced the Colonials to burn a timeout. However, Whyte delivered consecutive kills to tie the match at 1-1.
The fourth set was tightly contested with neither team leading by more than four points. The Colonials grabbed their only lead of the set on a kill by Skjelbred to take a 15-14 lead, but the Dukes responded with four straight points to take an 18-15 lead and force a timeout.
Duquesne remained in control for the rest of the set on the way to a 25-20 victory to take a 2-1 lead.
The fourth set was the closest of the match as the teams battled through seven ties and two lead changes, but GW struggled on the attack, hitting -.068 (11k-14e-44a). The Colonials held an early 8-6 lead, but Duquesne stormed back to open a 17-14 advantage and force a GW timeout. The Dukes continued the pressure, expanding the lead to 21-15 before clinching the match with a 25-19 win.
Whyte's eighth double-double of the season and 40th of her career brings her career kills total to 1,625, which ranks second all-time at GW behind NCAA career kills leader Svetlana Vtyurina '95 (3,043).
Sophomore Kelsey Newman led all players with 19 kills. She added 18 digs and three aces for her sixth double-double of the season.
Senior Candace Silva-Martin, who became the Atlantic 10 all-time career digs leader last weekend, totaled a match-high 21 digs to bring her final career total to 2,126.
For the match the Colonials hit .080 (53k-39e-174a) while Duquesne swung .175 (45k-18e-154a). The Dukes posted 14.0 team blocks led by 10 from Taylor Lockett. Arielle Love paced the attack for Duquesne with 13 kills, while Marah Farage added 12.