Women’s Volleyball Holds Off UMBC In Home Opener
Assistant Director, News and Social Media
GW women’s volleyball made its home debut tonight in the Smith Center as they took on the Retrievers of UMBC. The season started rough for the Colonials, going 1-5 while on the road. Returning to the Foggy Bottom campus, where they were an impressive 12-1 last season, GW looked to double its wins total. The Colonials started with a dominant 25-15 win in the first set, posting a hitting percentage of .414. UMBC bounced back to win the second set 25-19, led by Sherelle Walker, who had 6 kills. GW fought hard to pull out the third set 26-24, having 15 kills for the set, a match high. The back and forth battle continued as the Colonials faced a surge from UMBC in the fourth set, in which the Colonials struggled to score, dropping the set 25-16. Regaining their focus in the tie-breaking fifth set, the GW women held on to the victory, wining the match 3-2. The final set was punctuated by Jessica Lubic’s 3 well-placed kills. It was the Colonials second win of the season, improving their recorded to 2-6.
The night also showcased some fine performances from GW’s attackers. Senior Lauren Whyte racked up a season high 19 kills, pushing her total to 96 on the year. Junior Jamie Armstrong had 13 kills and a team high .591 attacking percentage. Rounding out the strong scoring trio was Rachael Goss, who posted 10 kills in 4 sets. Whyte, Armstrong, and Goss will next lead their teammates to the University of Maryland, where they will participate in the Maryland Invitational. This will place them up against #16 Tennessee on September 7th, and Maryland and Boston College in a doubleheader on the 8th. The Colonials will then return home to their own GW Invitational on the 14th, to face Princeton. Listen to that game with coverage starting at 6:50pm here on wrgwsports.com.