Volleyball Opens 2017 Campaign at UT Invitational This Weekend

Aug. 24, 2017

BACK IN ACTION: The George Washington volleyball team will begin the 2017 season with three matches at this weekend's UT Invitational at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee.

OPENING SLATE: The Colonials will open the tournament against Wofford on Friday afternoon (4:30 p.m. ET) before a Saturday doubleheader against Western Michigan (10:00 a.m. ET) and the host Volunteers (7:00 p.m. ET).

HEAR FROM THE NEW COACH: New head coach Sarah Bernson was the guest on the latest episode of the RaiseHigh 'Cast, the official podcast of GW Athletics. Click here to listen and to learn about her background in volleyball and her take on the upcoming season.

PRESEASON POLL: GW was picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll that was released on Thursday. The top six teams in the standings at the end of the regular season will compete at the Atlantic 10 Championship, November 17-19, at the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

SET FOR SUCCESS: GW has the luxury of boasting a pair of setters with extensive experience running an offense. Graduate transfer Stacey Benton joins the Colonials from Dartmouth where she appeared in 257 sets across fours seasons and totaled 1,861 assists. She was limited by injury to just four matches in 2016 but is poised to be a big contributor in her final collegiate season.

Sophomore Jaimeson Lee returns to the Colonials after getting valuable experience in her debut season. The Austin, Texas, native appeared in 61 sets as a rookie and totaled 271 assists (4.37/set). Her familiarity with her hitters will be a big help as the Colonials navigate the opening weekend and beyond.

FLUSH WITH FIREPOWER: The setters enter the 2017 season with plenty of options at the net to put down balls and score points. Junior and 2015 A-10 Co-Rookie of the Year Kelsey Clark (447 career kills), senior Aaliya Davidson (592 career kills) and senior Kristel Moor (244 career kills) all have proven capable of producing quality swings. Sophomores Skylar Iott (195 kills as a freshman) and Jordan Young (84 kills as a freshman) are looking to build upon solid freshman seasons. Newcomers Callie Fauntleroy and Marianna Warren will also have plenty of opportunities to make an impact.

LOOK AHEAD: The Colonials will open their home schedule with next weekend's GW Invitational against Indiana, LIU Brooklyn and Hofstra (Sept. 1-2).



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