Volleyball Clinches Postseason Appearance on Senior Night

Nov. 11, 2017

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington volleyball team concluded the regular season on Saturday night with a hard-fought, 3-0 loss to Saint Louis on Senior Night but still clinched a spot in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship.

The sixth-seeded Colonials, making their third A-10 Championship appearance in the last four seasons, will get a rematch with third-seeded Saint Louis on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Key Stats

  • GW hit .260 for the match, above its season average, but was bested by a .371 attack percentage from the Billikens.
  • Freshman Marianna Warren led the Colonials with 11 kills on a .333 attack percentage.
  • Senior Kristel Moor also hit above .300 on the way to 10 kills.
  • Graduate student Stacey Benton finished with 36 assists, five digs and two block assists.

    How It Happened
    Set 1: Saint Louis 26, GW 24

  • The first set was the closest of the match with 13 ties and three lead changes.
  • Saint Louis committed just three attack errors in the first and swung .390.
  • GW played out to an early 15-11 lead but conceded a 5-1 run that knotted the score at 16-16.
  • Neither team was able to pull away until GW broke a 20-20 tie with a 3-1 spurt to take a 23-21 lead.
  • Saint Louis rebounded out of a timeout and closed on a 5-1 run to take the first set.

    Set 2: Saint Louis 27, GW 25

  • The Billikens started the second set on a 7-3 run.
  • GW erased the deficit by scoring six straight points to take a 9-7 lead.
  • The Billikens answered with a 12-4 run to move ahead, 19-13.
  • Trailing 22-16, Warren put down three consecutive kills to ignite an 8-1 run to give the Colonials a 24-23 lead.
  • The Billikens scored two straight to get to set point, but the Colonials tied the score at 25-25 on a service error. Saint Louis shook off the error and put down two straight kills for the 27-25 win.

    Set 3: Saint Louis 25, GW 15

  • Saint Louis took control of the third set from the outset via a 13-4 run and clinched the match with the 25-15 win.

    Look Ahead

  • GW and Saint Louis will meet again in the Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals next Friday at 5:30 p.m. The winner will advance to face No. 2 seed Dayton.
  • The other quarterfinal features No. 4 Duquesne vs. No. 5 Rhode Island with the winner getting No. 1 seed and regular-season champion VCU in Saturday's semifinals.
  • The semifinals take place on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., followed by Sunday's championship match at 1 p.m.



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