How it Happened
Rhode Island battled George Washington through five sets, but ultimately came up short in its season finale, 3-2. With the loss, Rhody ends the year with an overall record of 9-17 and a 3-11 mark in Atlantic 10 play. GW, meanwhile, improves to 11-15 overall and 5-9 in the A-10.
The match was tight from the get-go, with the Rams and Colonials going back and forth all throughout the first set. In total, the set featured 10 lead changes and 18 ties, but it was GW coming out on top 29-27.
The Colonials opened the second set on an 8-1 run, but Rhody slowly chipped away at its deficit. The Rams eventually tied the score at 18-18 and then pulled ahead 19-18 after back-to-back attack errors by GW. The Rams outscored the Colonials 6-2 down the stretch to win the set and even the match at 1-1.
URI and GW traded points through much of the third set with neither team leading by more than three points until back-to-back Rhode Island errors put the Colonials ahead 13-9. URI used a 7-3 push to even the score back up at 16 apiece, and later had set point (24-23) on another GW attack error. The Colonials reeled off three points in a row however to lock up the 26-24 win and pull ahead 2-1.
Rhody scored the first three points of the fourth set and remained on top until GW capitalized on consecutive Rhody attack errors and pulled ahead 19-18. Back-to-back kills by Mariah Paulette and Natale Zanellato put Rhody back in front 20-19 and a Jenna McGuire kill later capped the 25-22 victory.
The fifth and final set was all GW however as the Colonials opened on a 9-3 run and never looked back. Rhode Island tied the set twice - at 1-1 and 2-2 - but was never able to pull ahead as George Washington cruised to the 15-9 win to claim the match three sets to two.
Inside the Box Score
- Senior Lauren Pick and junior Hazel Brown both double-doubled for the Rams. Pick finished with 55 assists and 19 digs while Brown had 11 kills and 14 digs.
- Pick's 55 assists were more than GW's team total as the Colonials had three different players combine for 51 assists on the night.
- Redshirt sophomore Natale Zanellato recorded 18 kills and three blocks.
- Senior Mckenzie Kiesle finished with a career-high 11 kills. She also had three digs and three block assists.
- Junior Jenna McGuire had six total blocks - including one solo - 10 kills, two assists, two digs and two service aces.
- Freshman Mariah Paulette finished with 12 kills and just three attack errors. She also added a pair of blocks for the Rams.
- Senior Olivia Budinich led URI with 22 digs, while also registering four assists and two aces.
- Freshman Ella Ratzloff had 15 digs and one ace.
- Sophomore Annie Ell added two aces and seven digs.
- Prior to the start of the match, URI held a brief ceremony to honor its three seniors: Mckenzie Kiesle, Lauren Pick and Olivia Budinich.