ST. LOUIS - George Washington overcame a 2-0 deficit and defeated Saint Louis 13-25, 15-25, 28-26, 25-20, 15-12 Saturday afternoon in an Atlantic 10 Conference match at Chaifetz Pavilion.
Saint Louis slipped to 5-12 overall and 0-4 in the A-10. George Washington upped its records to 5-13, 2-2.
Carly Marcum and Lauren Baumet provided a strong 1-2 offensive punch with 13 kills apiece for the Billikens. Marcum turned in a match-high .406 attack percentage (13-0-32), while Baumet hit .344 (13-2-32). Cassie Clarke had 32 assists and six kills (6-1-14, .357).
Grace Bonoma tied for match-high honors
with 23 digs, followed by Anna Church (15), Andrea Bolt (13) and Megan Gilbert (11). Marcum helped lead SLU
to a 10-7 blocking advantage with a match-high-tying six rejections, while Carly
and Gilbert collected five and four blocks, respectively. Church and Bolt had a
match-high three service aces apiece as the Billikens registered a season-high
The Billikens seized early control of the deciding set and led 7-3. But a 7-1 run gave George Washington a 10-8 advantage, and the Colonials maintained the lead to complete their stunning comeback.
A 1-0 lead in each of the first two sets was the only advantage George Washington would hold in either frame. Saint Louis gradually pulled away and posted decisive victories in both stanzas thanks in large part to its defense. The Bills limited GW to a total of nine kills and a -.095 attack percentage in taking a 2-0 cushion to the locker room for the break between sets two and three.
The Colonials grabbed a 9-3 lead in set three, but the Billikens stormed back to go on top 23-22. George Washington reclaimed the lead at 24-23, the first of four match points, and finally eked out a 28-26 win to stay alive.
Set four saw GW lead 11-7 before a 6-1 spurt put Saint Louis in front 13-12. The Colonials quickly regained the upper hand, however, and the Bills could not manage to tie or take the lead again.The Billikens step out of conference play Tuesday, Oct. 2, when they host Western Illinois at 7 p.m.