GW Volleyball Downs URI, 3-1, in A-10 Quarterfinals
Four Colonials Post Double-Digit Kills; No. 3 GW Faces No. 2 VCU in Saturday's Semifinals
Nov. 22, 2013
WASHINGTON - Senior Rachael Goss and freshman Chidima Osuchukwu each finished with 15 kills to lead four players in double-digit winners as the No. 3 seed George Washington volleyball team rallied to defeat No. 6 Rhode Island, 3-1, on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 25-27, 25-21, 25-20, 25-19.
GW (16-13) will face No. 2 seed VCU on Saturday night at 7:30 in the second of two semifinal matches. No. 5 Dayton will face No. 1 Duquesne at 5:00 p.m.
Rhode Island (15-16) was able to outlast the Colonials in a frenzied opening frame that saw the teams battle through 16 ties and five lead changes before the Rams earned a 27-25 victory. The first set was a back-and-forth affair as the Rams converted on 75 percent (19-of-25) of sideout point opportunities. The Colonials answered with a 70 percent (19-of-27) conversion rate.
The Rams held a 24-23 lead late in the set, but a kill by junior Kelsey Newman pulled the Colonials even at 24-24. Rhode Island responded with a kill by Lena Vedder to go up 25-24, but once again Newman tied the score with a kill at 25-25. The Rams then received a kill by Layne Self and forced an attack error to clinch the set and take a 1-0 lead in the match.
The second set saw a similar pace as the teams combined to fight through 12 tie scores and five lead changes. GW opened on a 5-3 run, but the Rams were able to rally and build a two-point advantage at 12-10 which forced GW to use a timeout.
Out of the stoppage, the Rams remained in control and opened a 17-14 lead which forced the Colonials to use their final timeout of the set.
After the timeout, the Colonials strung together a 5-3 run to pull within one point of the lead at 20-19, forcing Rhode Island to use a timeout. The momentum continued after the break as the Colonials closed on a 6-1 run, punctuated by back-to-back kills by freshman Emily Clemens and Newman, to clinch the set and tie the match at 1-1.
GW's defense stepped up in the third set and registered three team blocks and 18 digs while limiting Rhode Island to a .081 attack percentage en route to a 25-20 victory to take a commanding 2-1 lead in the match.
In the fourth set, the Colonials' offense swung a match-high .406 (17k-4e-32a) en route to a match-clinching 25-19 victory. GW raced out to a 17-12 lead and never looked back. Junior Landon Garvik punctuated the victory with a kill to send the Colonials to the semifinals of the A-10 Championship for the first time since 2008.
Osuchukwu hit .462 in the match with 15 kills against just three errors. The A-10 All-Conference Second Team and All-Rookie selection added a match high five blocks (four solo, one assist).
Newman finished with 15 kills and 10 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. Also posting double-digit kills were Goss (15 kills, 10 digs) and Garvik (10 kills, three digs, two block assists).
Freshman Emily Clemens added her 10th double-double of the season with 48 assists along with 15 digs and four block assists.
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