Dayton Defeats George Washington to Secure a Spot in the A-10 Championship Final
PITTSBURGH — Second-seeded Dayton defeated sixth-seeded George Washington in three sets (25-7, 25-15, 25-17) in the Atlantic 10 Volleyball semifinals Saturday afternoon at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
The Flyers (23-7) will advance to face top-seeded VCU in Sunday’s championship final at 1:00 pm and compete for the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Flyers are looking their fourth consecutive A-10 title.
In last year’s A-10 Semifinals, the Flyers defeated VCU in a thrilling five-set match en route to the championship. This year’s VCU squad currently holds the nation’s longest winning streak and defeated Rhode Island, 3-0, to advance to the title game.
Dayton jumped out of the gate early and took the first set in dominating fashion, 25-7. As a team, the Flyers hit .434 with only seven errors. Dayton kept up its strong hitting pace while winning sets two and three. Lauren Bruns and Jessica Sloan had 10 kills each. Jane Emmenecker, the A-10 Setter of the Year, had 24 assists to lead the Flyers.
George Washington’s Kelsey Clark led the Colonials with six kills and hit .417. With the loss, George Washington falls to 11-21 on the season.