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Nearly champions, volleyball takes another leap forward

by Harry Falber | Hatchet Reporter

When the wound of a championship loss heals, volleyball will be able to look back on an impressive year: the most wins since 2000 and the first trip to the Atlantic 10 title game since 2002.

Homecoming: Junkanoo Jam brings Jonquel Jones back to the Bahamas

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Staff Writer

Over Thanksgiving break, the women’s basketball team traveled over 958 miles to compete in the Junkanoo Jam, marking the first time that Freeport-native Jones has displayed her talent for her mother and grandmother in her GW uniform.

Assists, turnovers show men's basketball has some re-learning to do

by Nora Princiotti | Sports Editor

As the Colonials’ 58-54 loss to Seton Hall showed, just because GW doesn’t have to rebuild the house this year doesn’t mean it won’t require some remodeling for the team to get its offense humming as a unit.

Missing post presence hurts men's basketball against No. 9 Virginia

by Mark Eisenhauer | Contributing Sports Editor

Almost all of the Colonials' deficiencies Friday night stemmed from its inferiority in the paint. Virginia dominated down low, outscoring the Colonials 42-24 from the painted area and holding both GW starting forwards to a combined five points on the night.

Volleyball’s championship dreams dashed in A-10 finals

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Staff Writer

The loss rendered the team runner up at the tournament, which now awaits its fate on the bubble for the NCAA tournament after a 22-8 season that was the best for the program in over a decade.

The missing piece in women's basketball: Protecting the ball

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Staff Writer

While the Colonials’ loss to No. 9 Maryland on Saturday may have spoiled the welcome-back party for forward Jonquel Jones, the team also got a taste of what it can accomplish.

Volleyball looks to repeat history at A-10 Championship

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Staff Writer

After a highly successful year, the Colonials will still have to knock off top competition and look out for spoilers, who have hurt them in the past. Here’s a look at the team going into the tournament, as well as its potential path to a championship title.

Not by design, backcourt takeover helps GW take down Rutgers

by Nora Princiotti | Sports Editor

On a night when their opponent was missing their most commanding inside player, it was the Colonials' backcourt that drove the team to a 17-point victory.

After recovering from third concussion, senior guard enters first season as a Colonial

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Staff Writer

Chase played her first minutes of regular season competition since her sophomore year Friday in GW’s season opener, a little over a week after she revealed that the “personal medical condition” listed on the roster last year had been a concussion.

Men's basketball beats Rutgers on the road, starts season 2-0

by Mark Eisenhauer | Contributing Sports Editor

Men’s basketball earned its second consecutive victory of the season Sunday night, defeating Rutgers on the road 70-53.

Once under the radar, perimeter play boosts women's basketball

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Staff Writer

In the exhibition match against Virginia Union (Division II) on Sunday, it was the Colonials' outside game that shone in their 99-45 win over the Panthers.

Rookies showcase talent – with some rough edges – in exhibition blowout

by Nora Princiotti | Sports Editor

GW got its first look at the five new freshman members of the men’s basketball team Saturday during a 89-47 rout of Bloomsburg (Division II) in exhibition play.

Depth propels women's basketball to exhibition win

by Rob Bartnichak | Hatchet Staff Writer

Women’s basketball shot the lights out in a 99-45 exhibition defeat of Virginia Union (Division II) at the Smith Center on Sunday.

Volleyball bests VCU in five-set grudge match

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Staff Writer

On Friday night with a home crowd, GW pushed VCU to five sets and came up with not just a win, but revenge.

Water polo looks to end on high note in postseason

by Nora Princiotti | Sports Editor

After six grueling weeks of conference play, the Southern Division Championship may actually give the Colonials a chance to get back on their feet from a 1-7 conference season.

Women's basketball brings in high-profile crop of new players

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Staff Writer

Tsipis said with the addition of the five freshmen, he now boasts the deepest team that he has had since joining the program in 2012.

Déjà vu? How this year's men's basketball team parallels the 2006-07 team

by Mark Eisenhauer | Contributing Sports Editor

After the 2005-06 season, Danilo (J.R.) Pinnock – a dominant 6-foot-5 shooting guard who led the team with 14.5 points per game – and Pops Mensah-Bonsu – a towering 6-foot-9 forward who shared the second top scoring spot with 12.6 points per game – left the team. Sound familiar?

Offseason training zeroes in on injuries, skinny freshman class

by Mark Eisenhauer | Contributing Sports Editor

Strength and conditioning coach Matt Johnson was tasked during the offseason with ensuring returning players were in shape and putting muscle on what Lonergan has called the “skinniest” rookie class he’s ever had.

Fan Guide: GW basketball 101

by Hatchet Sports Staff

With hoops fever spreading across campus, students may want to know what all the fuss is about. Think of this as a cheat sheet for what you missed last season, ho’s who on the team and what to expect this year.

Without a clear team leader, women's basketball turns to senior guard

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Reporter

Senior point guard Chakecia Miller has played in the shadows of her teammates for most of her career. But key departures in the backcourt have created the need for confident, experienced direction and an opportunity for Miller to step into the vacant limelight.

Inches away, Tsipis looks to break into Big Dance

by Rob Bartnichak | Hatchet Staff Writer

This year, now picked to finish second in the league, Tsipis is looking to push the once-underdog team from "so close" to the right side of the tournament bubble.

One last chance: Senior forward enters final season under pressure

by Nora Princiotti | Assistant Sports Editor

In his final year with the program, and his team demanding that he meet higher expectations, John Kopriva said he is “all in. There’s no other option.”

From overshadowed to in the spotlight

by Sean Hurd and Nora Princiotti | Sports Editors

After several years of program mediocrity and upsetting seasons, GW has gone from being a team that was overshadowed, to being in the spotlight – a position that can only be maintained through repeat performance.

Women's basketball forwards poised for dominant season

by Rob Bartnichak | Hatchet Reporter

After impressive Colonials debuts for both players put them on the conference radar, Caira Washington and Jonquel Jones head into their second seasons together as the starting frontcourt for Tsipis.

Replacing Armwood and Creek: A statistical perspective on the loss of the top producers

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Writer

Head coach Mike Lonergan has high expectations for his new leading men to step up and create star power of their own, but he has his work cut out for him.

Back(court) in action: After seasons plagued by injury, guards return to starting lineup

by Nora Princiotti | Assistant Sports Editor

After first taking the court against each other in high school, Joe McDonald and Kethan Savage have the chance to do what they’ve never done before this year: start an entire season together, healthy.

With tournament nearing, volleyball must quickly ease growing pains

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Reporter

With only five matches left in conference play and the test of the Atlantic 10 tournament approaching, the Colonials' time to study is running out.

2014-15 Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Basketball Predictions

by Hatchet Sports Staff

The A-10 is ripe with parity: Just 6.7 percent of league games were decided by 20 points or less last season, the lowest of any conference in college basketball. That said, the league will have to sort itself out come March, and this is how we think the season will unfold.

Redshirt freshman converts potential into conference-leading defense

by Harry Falber | Hatchet Reporter

Horn ranks first in the conference for keepers who have played at least nine games, leading the league in goals against average and save percentage. She’s allowed 10 goals in 14 games through 1,224 minutes of play.

With depth in its attack, women's soccer continues breakout season

by Scott Nover | Hatchet Reporter

Women's soccer is in the middle of a breakthrough year, mounting a 10-win campaign so far this season with two regular season games left to play.