Colonials Edged by William & Mary, 3-2
Sept. 4, 2004
IRVINE, CA -- George Washington sophomore Juliene McLaughlin slammed a career-high 34 kills and added 19 digs but it wasn't enough to get past William & Mary which squeaked by the Colonials, 21-30, 30-23, 25-30, 30-27, 19-17, in a two-hour, 31-minute epic battle Friday in the UC Irvine Tournament at Irvine, CA.
McLaughlin and the Colonials were coming off a four-game loss to No. 24 Utah earlier Friday and had less than 90 minutes before playing the Tribe in the tournament's opening round. A sophomore from Ontario, Canada, McLaughlin posted one of three double-double efforts for GW in the match as junior Lindsey Vernand added 16 kills and 15 digs and sophomore setter Kaimana Lee contributed a career-high 55 assists and 14 digs. McLaughlin's 34 kills nearly doubled her previous career high of 18.
Despite GW's 73-65 advantage in kills, it was William & Mary's blocking that proved to be the difference in the match. The Tribe amassed an impressive 24.5 total blocks, including 47 block assists, compared to five total blocks (three solo, four assisted) for the Colonials.
The Tribe's Caitlin Geraghty broke a school record with 14 block assists and had 10 kills while teammate Sarah Long added 14 kills and seven block assists.
GW junior Abigail Hatter recorded an effficient .545 hitting percentage with six kills in 11 attempts without an error.
As a team, GW hit .139 (73-42-223) with 95 digs compared to .198 (65-26-197) and 94 digs for William & Mary (1-1). The two schools, separated by less than 160 miles, faced each other on a neutral court nearly 2,700 miles away from home.
GW (0-2) looks for its first victory of the season when it faces Northeastern on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (EDT) before taking on the host Anteaters of UC Irvine at 10:30 p.m. (EDT) Saturday.