Volleyball Advances to A-10 Championship Semifinals

Nov. 17, 2017

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PITTSBURGH - The third time was the charm for the George Washington volleyball team as it got the best of Saint Louis in the third meeting of the season.

The No. 6 seed Colonials outlasted No. 3 seed Saint Louis over five heart-stopping sets in the quarterfinal round of the Atlantic 10 Championship on Friday night at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Key Stats

  • GW made history by becoming the first six seed to win a postseason match in the Atlantic 10 Championship since the conference shifted its postseason tournament to the current format in 2009.
  • The Colonials finally got the best of Saint Louis after dropping both regular-season contests in straight sets.
  • GW posted its second-highest block total of the season with 14.0 team rejections. Alexis Lete (two solo, five assists), Kelsey Clark (one solo, five assists), Kristel Moor (four block assists) and Jaimeson Lee (one solo, three assists) were the big contributors.
  • Freshman Marianna Warren led the Colonials with 13 kills while Moor finished just shy of double figures with nine winners.
  • GW hit .158 for the match, which included two sets (second and fifth) that had two attack errors or less.
  • The defense forced 38 attack errors in the match while holding Saint Louis to a .152 attack percentage.
  • Sydney Welch and Aaliya Davidson both totaled double-digit digs with 12 and 14, respectively.
  • There were 20 ties and 10 lead changes throughout the match.

    How It Happened
    Set 1: GW 25, Saint Louis 23

  • GW's defense set the tone in the first set, forcing 12 attack errors by Saint Louis.
  • The Billikens were ahead early, 5-2, but GW battled back to tie the score at 12-12.
  • GW pulled ahead and led by four points until Saint Louis rallied to tie it at 20-20.
  • A service error and block by Clark put GW on top, 22-20, and the team held on for the win.

    Set 2: Saint Louis 25, GW 14

  • Saint Louis dominated the second set, hitting .367 (14k-3e-30a) compared to -.030 (7k-8e-33a) for GW, and led wire-to-wire for the win.

    Set 3: GW 25, Saint Louis 16

  • GW's best offensive set of the night came in the third, when it swung .429 with just one attack error.
  • GW started on an 11-3 run and was never threatened the rest of the way.

    Set 4: Saint Louis 25, GW 21

  • There were eight ties and six lead changes in the fourth set before Saint Louis clinched the win to force a fifth frame.
  • The last tie came at 17-17 when the Billikens scored the first of five consecutive points that opened an eventual 21-17 lead.
  • GW got as close as two points down the stretch but Saint Louis hung on for the win.

    Set 5: GW 15, Saint Louis 13

  • GW started the fifth on a 6-2 run but Saint Louis would not go quietly, battling all the way back to knot the score at 13-13.
  • A kill by sophomore Skylar Iott put GW at match point and forced a timeout. Out of the stoppage, Clark and Moor combined for the match-clinching rejection.

    Up Next

  • GW faces No. 2 seed Dayton on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in the Atlantic 10 Semifinals.



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