Colonials Cannot Take Liberty, Fall in Five, 3-2
Sept. 1, 2007
RICHMOND, VA -- The George Washington volleyball team fell to Liberty in five games Saturday morning on day two of the VCU/Third Degree Sportswear Invitational at VCU's Alltel Pavilion. The Flames won by the scores, 26-30, 30-25, 16-30, 30-23, 15-6 in 2:12. The loss dropped the Colonials to 2-3 while the Flames improved to 3-2. It marked GW third straight five-game match. The Colonials are now 1-2 in five-gamers.
In a see-saw battle, both teams hit with near identical success, GW at .164 (61-29-195) and Liberty at .162 (68-36-197) and the Colonials again out-blocked its opponent at the net with 11 total blocks to LU's eight total blocks. Both teams also were similar from the service line as each recorded six service aces. The difference in the match came in the decisive fifth game where Liberty hit a near-flawless 13 kills in 23 attempts while commiting just one error while GW could only kill four attacks in 22 attempts.
After a Janine Brown kill to open game five, Liberty scored eight straight points on six kills, an ace and a solo block to take an 8-1 lead. LU's Karyl Bacon had three of Liberty's kills, as well as the solo block, in the decisive 8-0 run.
Brown again paced the Colonials with a match-high 27.5 points on 24 kills and 18 digs for her fifth straight double-double to start the season. Liz Moult added 17 points on 14 kills and a pair of solo blocks for the second straight match.
GW setter Jess Buche assisted on a career-high 50 kills and added 11 digs for the Colonials.
Liberty (3-2) was led by Chelaine McCarty's 15.5 points on 14 kills while Bacon added 15 points on 12 kills.
GW (2-3) next plays South Carolina (2-1) later Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at VCU.