Spring Valley wilted in the fourth game as time and again someone from GW - Shreve, Strong, Casey Rollins, Sydney Downey and several others - made a play when the Patriots needed it most to close the door on Spring Valley's season.
"When we needed them to everybody stepped up," Smith said. "It didn't matter where the ball went, everybody did their job at some point."
Downey finished with 33 assists and three aces while Alexis Mourier and Strong each had six kills in the win.
Earlier Friday, GW advanced with a 25-13, 25-15, 25-17 win against Parkersburg South in the quarterfinals.
George Washington's opponent in today's title tilt, Musselman, beat Parkersburg 25-23, 25-15, 25-18 to reach the championship round.
The Applemen have reached the Class AAA finals two previous times - in 2007 when they lost to Parkersburg and last season when they were beaten by Spring Valley. GW and Musselman met three times during the regular season, all at George Washington's Queen of the Hill tournament.
The Patriots and Applemen split two games in pool play before Musselman beat GW 25-14, 26-24 in the championship match.
The Class AAA championship match is scheduled to start following the conclusion of the Class AA title game, which starts at 10 a.m.
Reach Tom Bragg at tom.br...@wvgazette.com.