Volleyball Aims for Three Straight in #RevRivalry Clash with George Mason
Colonials and Patriots meet on Friday night at Smith Center in second meeting of the season
LEADING OFF: The George Washington volleyball team looks to win its third consecutive game when it hosts George Mason in a Revolutionary Rivalry contest on Friday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: GW opened its regular-season ending homestand with a pair of victories last weekend, recording 3-1 wins over both Duquesne and La Salle.
RIVALRY RENEWED: The Colonials outlasted George Mason in five sets back on October 6 to improve their all-time record in the series to 40-8. GW has also won all seven matches under the Revolutionary Rivalry banner dating back to the 2013 season.
RECORD-SETTING ROOKIE: Freshman Sydney Welch had a breakout weekend in last week's home matches. She earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors, and was also named the Capgemini Colonial of the Week, for a pair of standout defensive performances. She set a new single-match record for a four-set match with 34 digs in the win over Duquesne before totaling 16 digs in the win over La Salle.
Welch enters the weekend ranked fourth overall in the Atlantic 10 with 406 total digs while her average of 3.98 digs per set ranks seventh overall. In A-10 matches, she is tied for second overall with 177 digs (4.02/set).
SENIOR SURGE: Senior Aaliya Davidson is on her way to setting a new single-season, career-high kill total. She currently ranks second on the team with 222 kills, just 16 shy of equaling her career-high of 238 in 2015. She has posted double-digit kills in four of her past five matches and ranks third in the conference with 127 kills in A-10 matches.
CONSISTENT CLARK: Senior Kelsey Clark, who paces GW with a team-high 225 kills, has totaled exactly 13 kills in each of the past three matches. She has been particularly efficient as of late, swinging .359 in that span.
MOOR DOES MORE: Senior Kristel Moor has been a mainstay in the Colonials lineup during her career in Buff and Blue but still managed to accomplish a first-time feat last weekend. Moor double-doubled for the first time in her collegiate career, which spans 83 matches at both GW and Auburn. Her 11 digs in the double-double against Duquesne last weekend is also a new single match career-high.
STANDINGS CHECK: GW remains in the playoff hunt entering the weekend, sitting in tie for fifth place in the standings at 5-6. The top six teams at the end of the regular season advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship, November 17-19 at Duquesne's A.J. Palumbo Center.
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