WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sophomore Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) blasted 11 kills, but Virginia Commonwealth University fell to George Washington, 3-1 Tuesday night in a non-conference tilt at the Charles E. Smith Center.
Boyd provided her 11 kills in 26 swings and hit .269 to pace the Rams (3-15), but VCU hit just .121 for the match. Sophomore Jhessica Martins (Uberlanoia, Brazil) added nine kills and 10 digs for the Rams.
Rachael Goss led three George Washington players in double figure kills with 15. Lauren Whyte added 14 kills and 12 digs. Candace Silva-Martin collected 18 digs to lead a 63-dig effort for the Colonials (12-6). GW forced VCU to hit less than .200 in all four sets.
The Rams led by a 19-14 margin in the first set, only to watch George Washington close the frame on an 11-4 run. Goss had three kills during the rush and Silva-Martin shut the door on the Rams with a service ace to clinch the set.
VCU hit .067 in the second set on the way to a 25-20 loss and 2-0 match deficit. Four blocks in set three, including three by senior Kelsie Clegg (Boise, Idaho), helped the Black and Gold stymie the Colonial offense to the tune of a -.107 hitting percentage in a 25-15 win.
However, George Washington righted the ship and hit a blistering .378 in the fourth and final set, a 25-17 Colonial win.
Clegg added seven kills and five blocks for VCU, while freshman setter Ciara Brown (Fort Myers, Fla.) kicked in 26 assists and 12 digs.
The Rams return to the court on Saturday, Oct. 2 when they hit the road for Williamsburg, Va. and take on longtime Colonial Athletic Association rival William & Mary at 7 p.m. at Kaplan Arena.