Colonials Volleyball Rock La Salle, Get Second Conference Win
Senior Rachael Goss stepped up in a big way with a season-high 16 kills as the Colonials (7-10, 2-1 A-10) get their most resounding win of the season in front of a supportive Smith Center crowd, sweeping La Salle 25-13, 25-12, 25-14.
Goss’ 16 kills fueled the dominant GW performance. With a season-high 35.2% attack percentage, the Colonials were firing on all cylinders, showing a high energy performance, especially along the net.
The Colonials got off to a quick start, jumping ahead to an 11-4 lead to start the game. Freshman setter Emily Clemens got 12 of her 20 assists in the first set. The Explorers were unable to get into a rhythm in the set, and the momentum continued through the entire game.
La Salle (1-22, 0-5 A-10) came into the game having won just two sets in the last 17 games. They had communications issues throughout the game, getting just a 6.1% attack percentage. The Explorers were not able to show any consistency in stopping the GW attack. Freshman Rachel Finkbeiner led the attack for La Salle, nabbing seven kills. The Explorers had one ace and six service errors to GW’s seven aces and three errors, the latter stat tying for a season low.
GW started four newcomers, including freshman Chidima Osuchukwu and junior college transfer Gabrial Rushton, whose power was able to fill the void left by recent graduate Lauren Whyte. Osuchukwu, who is second on GW’s kills list, added six to her total.
Rachael Goss also led the way for the Colonials in the dig category, notching 13. Emily Clemens also got double-digit digs, getting 11. The freshman also shined in service, getting three aces, tying her with sophomore libero Maddy Doyle with 12 on the season.
GW’s kills leader, Kelsey Newman, did not play. The Colonials donned pink uniforms in the annual Dig Pink game for breast cancer awareness. They face VCU on Saturday in the Smith Center, a team they lost to in straight sets last weekend.