Mids Drop Volleyball Match to Colonials
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– George Washington’s middle hitters combined for over half of the team’s kills to lead the Colonials to a 3-0 victory over the Navy volleyball team Friday night at the Wesley A. Brown Field House in Annapolis. The Colonials (5-3) recorded a 25-13, 25-23, 25-19 victory over the Mids (2-6) in what was the second of two matches to be played on the opening day of the Kristen Dickmann Invitational. Maryland posted a 3-1 win over Texas Tech in the first match of the two-day tournament.
“I think my staff –– assistant coaches Kait Kozak and Steph Strauss –– hit the nail on the head after the match with their analysis,” said Navy head coach Larry Bock. “There were fairly lengthy stretches of good, productive, assertive volleyball by us within every set. But there also were stretches of runs by George Washington. Their productive spans were more extensive than ours, and that proved to be the difference.”
The first set was tied at 9-9 when George Washington went on an 8-1 run to take a 17-10 lead and break open the frame.
George Washington held a slim lead of up to three points through most of the middle part of the second set before taking five-point leads at 22-17 and 23-18. The Mids answered with a 5-0 run of their own to knot the sore at 23. However, back-to-back kills by the Colonials allowed them to take a 2-0 lead in sets.
Navy was the team to take a slim lead ¬¬¬of 11-8 early in the third set. George Washington promptly scored 12 of the next 13 points to regain the advantage at 20-12 on its way to closing out the match.
George Washington tallied 39 kills and a .276 attack percentage while limiting Navy to 33 kills and a .149 hitting percentage. The Colonials also held a 12-3 edge in blocks.
“I thought we played hard, for the most part,” said Bock. “We had a few reading and judgment lapses with easy stuff. We can live with having the occasional big kill go against us, but when we do receive an off-speed ball against teams this weekend and the remainder of the year, we have to do a better job of capitalizing on the opportunity.”
George Washington middle hitters Chidima Osuchukwu and Maggie Skjelbred combined for 24 kills and four errors on 49 attempts for a hitting percentage of .408. The remainder of the George Washington squad accounted for 15 kills and a hitting percentage of .161.
“We knew we were going to have to contain their middle hitters to have success tonight,” said Bock.
The tournament continues with four matches Saturday.
11 a.m. – George Washington vs. Maryland – live stats at NavySports.com
1 p.m. – Texas Tech vs. Navy – free live video & live stats at NavySports.com
4 p.m. – Navy vs. Maryland – free live video & live stats at NavySports.com
6 p.m. – George Washington vs. Texas Tech – live stats at NavySports.com