GW Volleyball Falls to Duquesne in A-10 Championship Tournament
Knox Hits .571 with Career-High 16 Kills in Final Match
Nov. 18, 2011
DAYTON, Ohio - Four players finished with double-digit kills but it was not enough to lead the George Washington volleyball team past Duquesne on Friday night in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship at Frericks Center. Duquesne prevailed, 3-2, after dropping the first two sets. Set scores were 23-25, 21-25, 28-26, 25-21, 15-11.
GW concludes its season with a 20-10 overall record with an 8-7 mark in A-10 play. Duquesne (19-12, 9-7 A-10) advances to face No. 1 seed Dayton on Saturday afternoon in the semi-finals.
Lone senior MacKenzie Knox played brilliantly in her final collegiate appearance for the Colonials. She finished with a career-high 16 kills against zero errors in 28 attempts, hitting .571 to lead the GW attack.
Also posting double-digit kills were sophomores Rachel Goss (15) and Jamie Armstrong (10) and A-10 All-Conference First Team selection Lauren Whyte, who finished with 17 kills and 18 digs for eighth double-double of the season.
GW got off to a great start, hitting .225 in the opening set en route to a 25-23 victory, and continued the momentum into the second with a 25-21 win, to take a commanding 2-0 lead.
The third set featured 16 ties and eight lead changes, and proved to be the turning point in the match. The Colonials trailed 24-22 but rallied to tie the match at 24-24 following consecutive kills by Whyte and Armstrong.
The teams traded the lead four times before Duquesne clinched the set with consecutive kills from Ashley Buse and Sara Schierman. Schierman finished with a match-high 18 kills while Buse added seven kills and nine blocks (one solo, eight assist).
Duquesne turned up its defensive presence at the front of the net in the third set as they totaled four team blocks while holding GW to a .214 attack percentage. Once the Dukes established the momentum they refused to relent, adding six blocks in the fourth set and two more in the fifth as they rallied to clinch the match with 28-26, 25-21 and 15-11 victories, respectively.
Junior Candace Silva-Martin led the GW defense with 20 digs while Armstrong and freshman Landon Garvik each added four block assists. Redshirt junior Katie Crosby tallied 50 assists and finishes with 1,141 for the season.
Knox concludes her career with 509 kills and 166 blocks.