Auburn volleyball falls 3-0 at George Washington

Aug. 29, 2014
 
Auburn
Auburn
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 Match #2
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 George Washington
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 Auburn Tigers
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Auburn
GWU
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Auburn volleyball team could not overcome a strong George Washington attack, falling 3-0 (13-25, 18-25, 20-25) to the Colonials on Friday night at the Charles E. Smith Center.

The Tigers (1-1) split a pair of matches during the first day of the George Washington Invitational. Auburn defeated North Dakota, 3-1, in its opening match earlier on Friday.

"We played a good team and they put a lot of pressure on us," head coach Rick Nold said. "We didn't handle the pressure as well as we did earlier in the day and it showed. We had little breakdowns and when you play a veteran team they are going to expose them".

"We have to come back tomorrow and learn how to give great effort. The difference between average and very good is very small. We'll come back Saturday and get back at it against Arkansas State."

Auburn was held to 33 kills, hitting .082 with 24 errors against the Colonials. Meanwhile, George Washington (2-0) hit .265 with 39 kills in Friday night's match after the Tigers slowed the Colonials' attack down in the third set. George Washington posted a .367 hitting percentage through the first two sets, combining to pick up 26 kills with just four errors.

Offensively, Kristel Moor led the way with seven kills on 13 attempts as the redshirt freshman made her first career appearance for the Tigers on Friday night.  Courtney Crable and Emily Klitzke chipped in six kills apiece. Mary Hannah Arrington picked up a team-high 18 digs, while Alexa Filley collected 28 assists in the loss.

George Washington got nine kills from the trio of Kelsey Newman, Chidma Osuchukwu and Loren Williams to pace the Colonials. Libero Maddy Doyle led all defensive players with 21 kills.

Both teams were just about even in the service game as Taylor Schill led the Tigers with a pair of service aces. George Washington controlled the net up front, posting 12 team blocks along with five solo blocks.

The Tigers conclude the opening weekend of play at the George Washington Invitational against Arkansas State at noon CT on Saturday.

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