GW Volleyball Falls at Dayton, 3-1, in Regular Season Finale
Host Colonials Will Be No. 3 Seed in Next Weekend's Atlantic 10 Championship
Nov. 17, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - Junior Kelsey Newman posted 13 kills and senior Rachael Goss and freshman Chidima Osuchukwu added 10 kills apiece, but the George Washington volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision at Dayton in its regular-season finale on Sunday afternoon at Frericks Center. Set scores were 25-18, 10-25, 13-25, 26-28
GW (15-13, 10-4 A-10) concludes the regular season in third place in the Atlantic 10 standings and will be the No. 3 seed in next weekend's Atlantic 10 Championship at the Charles E. Smith Center. Final seeding and match pairings will be announced Monday morning.
The Colonials got off to a hot start, hitting .464 in the opening set with just four attack errors on the way to a 25-18 victory. Jumping out to an 8-3 lead, the Colonials maintained at least a two-point advantage for the duration of the frame. Newman and junior Landon Garvik paced the attack with five kills apiece in the first set.
Dayton (14-12, 8-6 A-10) turned the tables in the second set, hitting .444 with just three attack errors and forcing nine GW miscues to tie the match with a 25-10 victory.
In the third set, Dayton raced out to an early lead but the Colonials battled back to pull within two points at 12-10 following a kill by Goss. From there, Dayton closed on a 13-3 run to take a commanding 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-13 win.
GW opened the fourth set on a 7-4 run and extended the lead to 9-5 before Dayton used its first timeout. Out of the break, the Flyers used a 7-3 spurt to tie the match at 12-12, forcing the Colonials to use their first timeout.
From there, Dayton never led by more than three points before earning a two-point lead at 23-21. The Colonials scored the next two points via an attack error and kill by Newman to knot the score at 23-23 and force Dayton to use its final timeout. Dayton went up by one point on three different occasions out of the stoppage, but the Colonials responded each time to tie the score.
With the score at 26-26, a GW attack error paired with a Dayton kill clinched the 3-1 victory for the Flyers.
Freshman Emily Clemens totaled 41 assists on the afternoon in addition to six digs and three kills.
GW's ten A-10 victories this year mark the most in a season since winning 14 matches in 2002, the last time the Colonials won the Atlantic 10 Championship.
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