@AU_Volleyball Welcomes Crosstown Rival GW on Wednesday

AU players celebrate a victory

WASHINGTON – The American University volleyball team faces the last of its four-match homestand on Wednesday when it hosts George Washington at Bender Arena at 7 p.m. The battle with the Colonials is the last non-conference match of the regular-season for the Eagles.

The Eagles, now 13-7 overall, are on a five-match winning streak and have won seven of their last eight matches. AU currently is tied for second place in the Patriot League, one game behind first-place Navy.

Junior outside Aleksandra Kazala leads the Patriot League and is seventh in the nation with a 4.85 kills-per-set average. She has posted 12 double-doubles this season and has had double figures in kills in all but one match this year.

In pregame ceremonies, Kazala will be presented with a game ball to commemorate her 1,000th kill, reached in last Saturday's sweep over Lafayette. She is the 13th Eagle in history to reach that milestone. She was also selected this week as the PL Player of the Week.

Junior setter Kennedy Etheridge leads the Eagles with an 8.52 assists average, while sophomore libero Kristen Largay is third in the league with 4.62 digs per set. Freshman Helena Elbaek is second on the team in kills and leads the Eagles with 47 blocks.

George Washington head coach Sarah Bernson is in her first season directing the Colonials after five seasons as an assistant at American. During her five years with the Eagles, AU was 136-36 and won four Patriot League titles.

This season, the Colonials are 6-14 overall and in sixth place in the Atlantic-10 Conference. GW earned a five-set victory at George Mason in its most recent outing.

Senior Aaliya Davidson and junior Kelsey Clark lead GW with 154 kills each, while sophomore Jaimeson Lee is the Colonials setter. Freshman Sydney Welch has a 3.66 digs-per-set average, with Clark posting a team-best 55 blocks.

American will step back into Patriot League play this weekend with a road trip to Bucknell (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Colgate (Saturday, 4 p.m.).

Tickets to all AU home volleyball matches are available at the Bender Arena Box Office. General admissions seats are $8 for adults and $5 for children. AU students are admitted free with a valid student ID.