The George Washington University: Women's Volleyball

Volleyball Improves to 2-0 with 3-1 Victory Over American

Katie Butz paced the Colonials' offense with 16 kills Saturday afternoon at American.
Katie Butz paced the Colonials' offense with 16 kills Saturday afternoon at American.

Aug. 29, 2009

Box Score

WASHINGTON, DC -- For the second straight contest, the GW Volleyball team overcame a deficit to win a match. The Colonials improved to 2-0 with a 3-1 victory over host American in the fourth match of the 2009 DC Challenge Saturday afternoon at American University's Bender Arena. GW prevailed by the scores 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-21 in just under two hours.

Senior Katie Butz led the Colonials with 19.5 points on a team-high 16 kills while hitting .438 with seven block assists. Junior Leah Hill added 13 kills and a team-high 17 digs for 14.5 points.

After the Eagles took the first set, 25-22, GW came back to edge AU, 25-23, in a closely-played set. GW controlled the third set and took a 20-13 lead before American rallied to close within three at 22-19. A pair of kills by Butz and one from Hill ended the set, 25-21, in favor of GW.

Set four was tied four times, the last at 10-10 before GW got some separation with a 4-0 run powered by a pair of kills by Butz and an ace by Hill. The Colonials maintained a 3-4 point cushion before AU made another run to knot the set at 19-19 on a pair of kills by Magdalena Tekiel. GW forged ahead behind three more kills from Hill including the game-winner for the 25-21 triumph.

"Alyssa [Valentine] distributed the ball real well today," GW coach Jojit Coronel said afterward. "Both Abby [Syverson] and Katie [Zulandt] got a lot of sets today. Five different players got double-digit attempts indicating that we controlled our passing a lot better."

AU (0-2) was led by Angelina Waterman's 20 kills while Cynammon Burns added a match-high 20 digs. GW out-blocked the Eagles, 8.5 to 4.0 for the match.

With the victory, the Colonials increased their lead in the all-time series with American to 10-5.



The GW-AU match was the fourth in the six-match DC. The DC Challenge is a round-robin tournament that features George Mason and American in addition to the Colonials and Hoyas.

GW (2-0) plays again later Saturday at 5:00 p.m. against George Mason (2-0) at AU's Bender Arena. The host Eagles take on Georgetown (0-2) in Saturday's final match at 7 p.m.

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