Colonial round-up

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Then- sophomore Jamie Armstrong, right, sets up for a spike during the D.C. Challenge in fall 2011. Hatchet File Photo

As the school year approaches, the University’s sports programs continue to move toward their upcoming seasons. Here’s a glimpse at some of the Colonial headlines from this week:

  • The volleyball team was picked to finish fourth in the league by a poll of A-10 head coaches, the program’s highest ranking since the 2010 preseason. The Colonials finished fourth of 10 in the conference last season under then-first year head coach Amanda Ault.
  • The men’s soccer team announced its captains for the upcoming season Wednesday, tabbing seniors Alejandro Almodovar and Seth Rudolph and junior Tyler Ranalli for the leadership positions. Almodovar recorded three shutouts in goal for GW last season, and ranked second in the Atlantic 10 with 0.43 shutouts per game played. Rudolph is the returning leading scorer for the Colonials, tallying eight goals and 19 points in 2011 en route to first-team honors. Ranalli saw his playing time double last year, making the first six starts of his career and adding his first career goal and assist as a Colonial.
  • Senior Omar Sobhy is currently the top-ranked player in the U.S. Squash Adult M 5.0 Division, the governing agency of competitive squash announced this week. Sobhy, who was a member of the Colonials that won the Summers Cup (C-Division) Championship last season, is also the only GW player to ever capture an individual national title.

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