Volleyball Comes Back from Two Sets Down to Defeat George Washington 3-2
Nov. 18, 2011
DAYTON, Ohio - The Duquesne volleyball team overcame a 2-0 deficit to advance to the semifinals of the 2011 Atlantic 10 Championship on Friday night after defeating George Washington 3-2.
Sara Scheirman led all players with 18 kills and added 16 digs. Allison Foschia had 13 kills and 19 digs. Liz Homan had 13 kills and hit .357. Taylor Jones had 52 assists and Patti Abshire 25 digs - both match-bests.
With the score tied at 8-8 In the first set, a kill by GW's MacKenzie Knox put the Colonials up by a point. Although the Dukes kept the deficit to no more than three points, they could not catch up. A kill from Rachel Goss gave George Washington the win in the first set 25-23.
The second set played out similar to the first. The largest GW lead was three points, the last coming at 17-14. Duquesne narrowed the margin to one point at 21-20, but the Colonials got three straight kills from Lauren Whyte, Landon Garvik and Jamie Armstrong respectively to win the set 25-21 and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
With the third set tied at 22-22, a kill by Homan and an attack error by Goss gave the Dukes set point at 24-22. But GW responded with back-to-back kills from Whyte and Armstrong to tie the set at 24-24. The set would see two more ties (16 in all) before a pair of kills from Ashley Buse and Scheirman gave DU a 28-26 set win.
Duquesne led the fourth set 17-16 before four straight George Washington points made the score 20-17 in favor of the Colonials. However, the Dukes came back, winning eight of the next nine points to take the set 25-21 and tie the match 2-2.
The Dukes came out of the gates in the fifth and decisive set with an 11-4 lead. The closest GW would come was three points at 12-9. A kill by Scheirman ended the set at 15-11 and advanced Duquesne into the semifinal round with the 3-2 victory.
The Dukes, seeded fifth, will take on #1 seed Dayton tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.