How It Happened
Playing in front of the largest home crowd of the season, Rhode Island knocked off George Washington in four sets (25-20, 25-23, 11-25, 25-20) to record its fourth consecutive victory Friday night.
A raucous crowd of 1,238 watched the Rams (15-9, 10-2 Atlantic 10) control play in the first two sets. After the break, Rhody had a bit of a lapse in the third set. However, the momentum for George Washington (10-17, 3-9 A-10) was short lived, as Rhody took control late in the fourth set, ending the match on a kill by Sam Roberts.
With the victory, Rhode Island stayed one game ahead of Saint Louis for second place in the conference. The Billikens swept La Salle Friday night. With two matches remaining in the regular season, Rhody can clinch a first-round bye in the conference tournament by winning one more match.
Inside the Box Score
- Rhode Island has now won six of its last seven matches. The Rams also improved to 3-2 in four-set matches.
- Junior Kylee Wolfe just missed her fifth double-double of the season, finishing with nine kills and a team-high 11 digs.
- Senior Callan Kinnan had 35 assists, five digs, three service aces and three kills.
- Senior Audrey Castro had 13 kills and eight digs. She is now averaging 3.78 kills per set on the season.
- Junior Marie Gillcrist had seven kills for the balanced Ram attack.
Stat of the Match
10 – Rhode Island won its 10th Atlantic 10 match of the season, the first time the Rams have reached double digits in league wins in 15 years. The Rams were 12-4 in A-10 play in 2001.
Rhode Island hosts George Mason in its final home match of the season. Before the match, seniors Audrey Castro, Callan Kinnan and Layne Self will be honored. Following the match, head coach Bob Schneck – who is retiring following the season – will be recognized.