Volleyball Hosts Dayton and Saint Louis to Close Regular Season
Colonials fighting for seeding in tight Atlantic 10 Championship race
LEADING OFF: The George Washington volleyball team will close out the regular season with a pair of home matches this weekend. The Colonials first welcome reigning Atlantic 10 Champion Dayton to the Charles E. Smith Center on Friday afternoon (4 p.m.) before wrapping the regular season on Saturday night against Saint Louis for Senior Night (7 p.m.).
SENIOR SENDOFF: Saturday's match will mark the final appearance in the Smith Center for six student-athletes that will be graduating in May 2018. Graduate student Stacey Benton, seniors Aaliya Davidson, Kristel Moor, Emily Newell and juniors Gillian Kane and Alexis Lete will all be honored in a prematch ceremony.
NOVEMBER SURGE: GW is playing its best volleyball of the season at the right time and has won three matches in a row heading into Friday's tilt against Dayton. The Colonials have beaten Duquesne, La Salle and George Mason all by identical 3-1 scores over the past two weeks.
STANDINGS CHECK: The Colonials are in a good position entering this weekend to return to the Atlantic 10 Championship for the third time in the last four seasons. GW currently sits in sole possession of fifth place in the standings with two matches to play. The top six teams after this weekend's matches will advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship, November 17-20, at Duquesne's A.J. Palumbo Center.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR FOUR: Four players recorded double-doubles in last Friday's win over George Mason, the most in a single match for the Colonials this season.
Davidson and Moor provided the offensive firepower in a pair of double-double performances. Davidson finished with 13 kills and 15 digs while Moor tallied 13 kills and career-high 16 digs.
Benton's effort came with 24 assists and 10 digs while freshman Sydney Welch recorded the rare libero double-double with 21 digs and 10 assists.
ROOKIE WATCH: Welch continues to rank near the top of the conference for her defensive efforts. She enters the final weekend of the regular season ranking fifth overall in the A-10 with 427 digs and sixth with an average of 4.03 digs per set.
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