GW bounced back from a seven-point deficit in the first quarter to outscore Quinnipiac in the remaining three frames to secure its sixth win of the season.
Underclassmen have accounted for a majority of the team’s offense after three upperclassmen were benched from injury.
After a back-and-forth fourth quarter, a last second layup by redshirt freshman forward Mayowa Taiwo pushed GW to the 64–63 win.
Volleyball is headed to the Atlantic 10 Championship for the second time under head coach Sarah Bernson after missing postseason play last year.
The squad’s field goal percentage waned throughout the first three quarters, decreasing from 40 to 20 percent in the third frame.
The host team proved to be too much for the Colonials, snapping their two-game win streak to nab a second-place A-10 finish.
Redshirt junior guard Sydney Zambrotta and graduate student forward Alexandra Maund led the team in points with 17 and 12 apiece.
Christian said the team could create an advantage for itself in a conference that does not attempt many three-pointers.
The Colonials mustered just 51.3 points per game last season, its lowest team average in more than 38 years.
Five freshmen and a trio of transfers make up the eight new additions to the largest Colonials’ roster in more than 15 years.