GW Volleyball Downs URI, 3-1, in A-10 Quarterfinals

Junior Kelsey Newman was one of four players to record double-digit kills in GW's 3-1 win over Rhode Island in Friday's A-10 Championship quarterfinal match.

Nov. 22, 2013

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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.

Sophomore Maddy Doyle paced the defense with 25 digs while senior Jessica Burr and Jamie Armstrong each contributed two service aces.

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