GW Volleyball Splits Final Regular-Season Matches
Colonials Fall to Rhode Island on Friday, Outlast Fordham on Saturday; Advance to A-10 Championship
Nov. 12, 2011
BRONX, N.Y. - The George Washington volleyball team concluded its regular season with a pair of road matches to the northeast this weekend. The Colonials fell to Rhode Island, 3-1, on Friday night before rebounding for a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Fordham on Saturday.
GW (20-9, 9-6 A-10) now advances to the Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament in Dayton, Ohio (Nov. 18-20). It marks the Colonials' first trip to the conference tournament since the 2008 season. Complete seeding information will be available on Sunday evening.
The Colonials battled back from a 2-1 deficit to knock off upstart Fordham (7-23, 4-11 A-10) on Saturday afternoon. The Colonials won the first set 25-15 but faltered in the next two frames, falling behind 2-1 after a 25-22 loss in set two and a 25-12 loss in set three.
GW's defense came alive in the fourth as they held the Rams to a .000 (7k-7e-25a) attack percentage in the frame while totaling two team blocks. Senior MacKenzie Knox totaled four of her nine blocks in the fourth to pace a Colonial offense that swung .257 in the fourth.
The Colonials momentum carried over to the final set, as they improved their record in five-set matches to 6-1 with a 17-15 triumph. Defense was once again the story in the fifth as GW held Fordham to a .000 attack percentage and posted six block assists. Knox led the way with two block assists.
Junior Lauren Whyte led the way on Saturday with a match-high 19 kills with seven blocks (one solo, six assists). Knox and sophomore Rachael Goss each added nine kills apiece. Junior Katie Crosby paced the offense with 44 assists while recording five kills.
On Friday night, GW outhit Rhode Island .342 - .296 but was unable to contain the tandem of Kayla Wilson and Britta Baarstad, who combined for 30 kills against just six errors to lead the Rhode Island to a 3-1 victory. Set scores were 25-15, 24-26, 20-25, 18-25.
Whyte, Goss and sophomore Jamie Armstrong each tallied double-digit kills but the Colonials were unable to contain the Rhode Island attack which posted .290 (11k-2e-27a) and .407 (15k-4a-27e) attack percentages in the fourth and fifth sets, respectively.
Armstrong hit .500 with 10 kills against just two errors in 16 attempts while Whyte added 14 kills and Goss posted a team-high 15 terminations.
Check GWsports.com later this weekend for complete information on the 2011 Atlantic 10 Volleyball Championships. The tournament will be held Nov. 18-20 at the Fredericks Center in Dayton, Ohio.