GW Volleyball Falls to VCU, 3-0, in A-10 Semifinals
Osuchukwu Posts 10 Kills and Hits .429
Nov. 23, 2013
WASHINGTON - Freshman Chidima Osuchukwu finished with a match-high 10 kills and the George Washington volleyball team limited Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Romana Kriskova to a .036 attack percentage, but it was not enough as No. 2 VCU advanced to the A-10 Championship by dealing GW a 3-0 loss on Friday night at the Charles E. Smith Center. Set scores were 25-27, 19-25, 18-25.
GW (16-14) concludes the 2013 season with its most conference victories (10) since 2002 and its first A-10 Championship victory since 2008.
VCU (25-7) outlasted the Colonials through 14 ties and four lead changes in the opening set to earn a 27-25 victory. The teams traded points until a tie score at 8-8 before the Rams put together a 5-1 run to go up 13-9 and force a timeout. The run was extended to 11-2 which forced another stoppage, but the Colonials rallied with a 5-1 spurt out of the second break to pull within two points of the lead at 19-17.
The Colonials were able to complete the comeback when a kill by Osuchusku knotted the score at 22-22, then a kill by junior Kelsey Newman gave the Colonials a one-point advantage. After VCU scored the next point, junior Gabrial Rushton put down a kill to put the Colonials at set point, 24-23, but VCU rallied to earn a 27-25 victory.
VCU used four total blocks and forced 11 attack errors in the second set en route to a 25-19 victory to go up 2-0 in the match. The Colonials staved off set point on four occasions late in the match and got within six points of the lead before a kill by Kalah Jones halted the momentum.
In the third set, the Rams used key runs of 7-1 and 6-2 to close out the match with a 25-18 win.
Osuchukwu led the Colonials with 10 kills against just one error (.429) in addition to two blocks (one solo, one assist). Saturday marked the 11th time this season Osuchukwu, an All-Conference Second Team and All-Rookie selection, posted double-digit kills.
Senior Rachel Goss finished with nine kills in addition to six digs and a service ace. Juniors Kelsey Newman and Landon Garvik added eight kills apiece.
Freshman Emily Clemens finished with 32 assists and nine digs.
No. 1 Duquesne defeated No. 5 Dayton, 3-1, in Saturday's first semifinal and will face the Rams in Sunday's championship match at 1:00 p.m.