GW Volleyball Opens GW/NIKE Invite With 3-0 Loss to Princeton

Redshirt freshman setter Jessica Lubic handed out 32 assists in GW's 3-0 loss to Princeton on Friday night.

Sept. 14, 2012

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington volleyball team opened play at its GW/NIKE Invitational on Friday evening with a 3-0 loss to Princeton at the Charles E. Smith Center.

Set scores were 20-25, 24-26, 23-25.

The event will continue on Saturday with four matches at the Smith Center, including GW vs. New Hampshire at 10:00 a.m. before the Colonials face nationally ranked No. 15 BYU, their fourth ranked opponent of the season, at 7:00 p.m.

GW (2-10) got off to a slow start against Princeton (3-4), hitting -.043 with 12 attack errors as the Tigers took the opening set, 20-25. Princeton had opened the match on a 5-0 run, but the Colonials stormed back to take a 7-6 lead on the strength of a 7-1 spurt.

Following a timeout, the Tigers again pulled away to take a 9-16 advantage but GW responded by closing the gap and getting within two points at 19-21, forcing another Princeton stoppage. However, the Tigers held on and closed on a 4-1 run to take the first set.

The second set was highly competitive as the teams battled through 16 tie scores and five lead changes. There was wasn't more than a two-point advantage for either team until the deciding points played out late in the set. A kill by sophomore Landon Garvik had the Colonials serving for set, but a service error followed by a Princeton kill and a GW attack error turned a 24-23 lead into a 24-26 second-set loss, putting the Colonials in a 2-0 hole.

The Colonials opened the third set on a 4-1 run, but Princeton rallied to tie the score at 10-10. From there the Tigers regained and maintained a slim one-point lead as the teams battled back-and-forth until they were all square at 19-19. Princeton remained on top and served for the set at 22-24 until a kill by Garvik temporarily staved off match point. However, a kill from Princeton's Kendall Peterkin clinched the match.



Senior Lauren Whyte led GW with 13 kills and nine digs with two block assists. Garvik tallied 11 kills to go with 10 digs for the first double-double of her career. She also added one ace and four block assists. Redshirt freshman setter Jessica Lubic dished out 32 assists.

Senior Christie Graf notched career-highs with two assists and six digs. Junior Jamie Armstrong added six kills and four blocks (one solo, three assists). Senior Candace Silva-Martin finished with 21 digs and five assists.

For Princeton, Peterkin finished with eight kills, eight digs and three blocks (one solo, two assists) while Lydia Rudnick led all players with 14 kills.

In the first match of the tournament, No. 15 BYU swept New Hampshire, 3-0. The Cougars hit .482 with just five attack errors in the match while holding the Wildcats to a .000 (20k-20e-80a) attack percentage. Jennifer Hamson paced the BYU attack with 11 kills and five digs.

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