GW readies for two key A-10 matches

This weekend could make or break the GW women’s volleyball team’s up-and-down season.

GW stands in seventh place in the Atlantic 10, three matches behind an impressive Temple squad that is alone atop the conference. Five teams sit between Temple and GW. Virginia Tech, one of the five teams, visits the Smith Center Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Lady Hokies were 6-0 in conference play at one point earlier in the season. But they lost two straight A-10 matches last weekend, dropping them into a competitive pack of teams hoping to make the postseason.

GW sophomore and assist leader Jill Levey knows how meaningful a home victory would be against Virginia Tech.

“Virginia Tech is probably the most feared team in the conference, but the fact that they lost last weekend is a sign that they can be beaten,” Levey said.

The recent sporadic play of the Colonial women has concerned GW head coach Susie Homan, who said earlier this week her team was underachieving. Homan said it has been difficult to pinpoint exactly what has caused her team to struggle.

GW is .500 in conference play, but it has a chance to improve in its next four matches. The Colonial women will face Virginia Tech and Duquesne this weekend, and Xavier and Dayton next weekend, all at the Smith Center.

“We are refocused toward our conference tournament goal, and the only element that remains is that we perform to the level at which we are capable,” Levey said.

GW also will face Duquesne, which has struggled recently, when the Lady Dukes come to the Smith Center Saturday at 5 p.m. A weekend sweep would greatly improve GW’s chances for the postseason, but a lack of focus that has plagued GW all season could prove costly against a talented Lady Hokie team and an upset-minded Duquesne squad.

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