Volleyball Opens A-10 Championship Play on Friday

Nov. 16, 2017

LEADING OFF: The sixth-seeded George Washington volleyball team will make its third postseason appearance in the last four seasons this weekend when it opens play in the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship against third-seeded Saint Louis on Friday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. at Duquesne's A.J. Palumbo Center.

AT STAKE: The winner of Friday's quarterfinal match will advance to face No. 2 seed Dayton on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with a spot in Sunday's A-10 Championship match on the line.

BRACKET BREAKDOWN: No. 4 Duquesne will face No. 5 Rhode Island in the other quarterfinal match on Friday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of that faces top-seed and regular-season champion VCU in Saturday's early semifinal (2:00 p.m.).

GW AT A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP: GW is 20-25 all-time in the A-10 Championship with conference titles in 2000, 1995, 1994 and 1993. This year marks the third time in four seasons GW has advanced to the postseason and will mark the program's 25th all-time appearance.

CURTAIN CALL: Seniors Aaliya Davidson, Kristel Moor and Emily Newell will be making their third-career appearances at the A-10 Championship in their final seasons in the Buff and Blue

Davidson leads the Colonials with a career-high 249 kills entering the weekend while her total of 154 kills in conference matches ranks fifth overall in the A-10. She has posted six double-doubles this season, all in conference play, and has totaled 12 matches with double-digit kills and 10 outings with double-figure digs.

Moor is enjoying the finest season of her career as a senior and ranks third on the team with a career-best 228 kills and 55 total blocks. She became a six-rotation player on October 22 and has responded with two double-doubles and single-match career-high totals in digs.

ROOKIE POISE: Freshman Sydney Welch has looked like a seasoned veteran throughout the year. She has played in all 30 regular-season matches and ranks fifth overall in the A-10 in total digs (448) and seventh in digs per set (4.00). She has posted two matches of 30+ digs, including a program-record 34 digs in a four set match. She also recorded a rare libero double-double with 21 digs and 10 assists on November 3.

THIRD TIME A CHARM: Friday's match marks the third meeting this season between GW and Saint Louis. The Billikens have won both matches with the latest, a 3-0 win at the Smith Center last Saturday, being a competitive affair in a match where both teams had an idea they would be facing each other yet again this weekend.



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