GW Volleyball Downs Saint Louis, 3-0, for Key A-10 Win
Newman's 12 Kills Pace Offense as Colonials Win 10th Conference Match
Nov. 15, 2013
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Junior Kelsey Newman finished with a team-high 12 kills as the George Washington volleyball team picked up a key Atlantic 10 Conference victory with a 3-0 sweep of Saint Louis on Friday night at Chaifetz Pavilion.
With the win and Duquesne's victory over VCU on Friday night, GW (15-12, 10-3 A-10) guarantees itself at least the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship, Nov. 22-24 at the Charles E. Smith Center.
The Colonials committed just four attack errors in the opening set and led wire-to-wire en route to a 25-19 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
GW scored the first six points of the set as part of a 9-3 run to set the tone for the evening. The Billikens were able to pull within four points of the lead at 17-13, but GW yielded just six points the rest of the way before a kill by Newman punctuated the first-set victory.
The momentum carried over into the second set as the Colonials opened on a 9-3 run, forcing a Billikens (12-16, 8-5 A-10) timeout. Out of the break, GW remained in control and cruised to a 25-17 victory. In the second set, the Colonials hit .476 with just two attack errors.
The third set was the closest of the evening as the teams battled through five ties and three lead changes. The Colonials trailed 9-4 early in the frame, but refused to go away quietly, slowly chipping away at the lead until a service ace by sophomore Maddy Doyle tied the score at 19-19.
Saint Louis briefly gained a 20-19 advantage on an attack error, but GW scored the next four points to take a 23-20 lead. Consecutive points by the Billikens cut the margin to one at 23-22, but kills by Newman and senior Rachael Goss clinched the sweep with a 25-22 win.
Newman's 12 kills came against just two errors (.476) in addition to eight digs and three service aces.
Freshman Chidima Osuchukwu, the A-10 leader in hitting percentage, added nine kills against three errors (.316).
Goss finished with five kills and nine digs while junior Gabrial Rushton paced the Colonials at the net, recording a match-high six block assists.
GW concludes the regular season on Sunday afternoon at Dayton. The Colonials defeated the Flyers, 3-1, for the first time since 2002 on November 1 at Smith Center.