By Ashleigh Tobin
George Washington University’s volleyball team beat Fordham in three sets on Friday night in front of a lively home crowd to pick up their sixth straight win.
The Buff and Blue took the first set 25-22 against the Rams. After getting out to a five-point lead, GW allowed Fordham to tie the set at 13 before they could extend their lead again. Fordham had two service errors towards the end of the set to keep GW in the lead and then ended the set with another service error to give the Buff and Blue setpoint. Liv Womble led GW with seven kills in the set, as the team hit .282 to Fordham’s .167. Brittany Myers followed Womble, adding four kills to the team total of 17.
The second set was highlighted by questionable calls and another dominant performance by Womble. Similar to the first set, GW won the second 25-23, though they outperformed Fordham for most of the set. GW took another early lead and was in control for the majority of the set, but the Rams were able to tie it at 23 points after a few calls by the referees in their favor. Still, they could not put together enough offense to win the set. The Buff and Blue recorded 16 kills and hit .256 collectively. Womble recorded another five kills, bringing her match total to 13.
To finish out the game, GW won the third set in a 25-21 performance, bringing their match win streak to an impressive six. GW took the lead early in this one, but Fordham was able to tie the set at seven. Shortly after, The Buff and Blue went up five points on the Rams, and after a bit of back and forth, GW eventually beat them by four. GW held Fordham to .000 in hitting while they hit .273. Womble added another five kills to her performance and ended the match with 18 kills overall. Myers was behind Womble with 11 kills in the match.
GW Head Coach, Katie Reifert, described Womble, saying, “She’s such a smart player. She scouts our team beforehand more than anybody else and people are sending more blockers with her. She’s really focused on getting better throughout the season, understanding that people are going to come for her. It’s good to see her get better, as people come for her, instead of cowering because of that.”
The team will play Fordham at the Smith Center again Saturday at 3 pm, and Reifert hopes the team can clean up a few mistakes made on Friday. “When we defend cleaner, we can run our offense cleaner, which is a huge momentum boost for us.”