Volleyball Suffers First Loss, 3-0, to No. 12 Iowa State
Sept. 4, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- The GW Volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season Friday at the hands of No. 12 Iowa State in the Diet Coke Classic at the University of Minnesota's Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis. The Cyclones overwhelmed the Colonials in three sets, 25-18, 25-18, 25-15, in just one hour, 12 minutes.
Senior Katie Butz led the Colonials with 10.5 points on 10 kills in 28 attempts for a respectable .321 hitting percentage. Unfortunately, the rest of her teammates were not as effective as no other Colonial hit better than .125 for the match. That percentage belonged to Minneapolis native Abby Syverson who managed just two kills in eight attempts. Leah Hill spiked eight kills but committed six attack errors for a .071 percentage. Sophomore setter Alyssa Valentine assisted on 22 of GW's 28 kills (79 percent) and added 10 digs while freshman Candace Silva-Martin led the Colonials with 11 digs.
Iowa State (4-0) was led by Victoria Henson's 13 kills and Ashley Mass's 19 digs. Rachel Hockaday hit an errorless .400 with 10 kills in 25 attempts.
The first set was tied at 4-4 before the Cyclones went on a 6-2 run and were never threatened en route to the 25-18 triumph. The second set was slightly more competitive with GW clinging to one-point leads on four different occasions. The set was knotted at 9-9 on a kill by freshman Lauren Whyte before ISU slowly built a 21-15 lead and captured the set on a pair of GW attack errors.
The third set was all Iowa State as GW's only lead was 1-0 on a double block by GW's pair of Katies, Butz and Katie Zulandt. ISU took the lead for good on a kill by Hockaday and rolled to the 25-15 victory.
The Colonials fell to 0-3 in the all-time series with the Cyclones. The GW-ISU match was the first in the six-match Diet Coke Classic. No. 13 Minnesota swept Auburn, 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-6), later Friday.
GW (3-1) returns to the court Saturday for a pair of matches beginning at 11:30 a.m. (EDT) against the No. 13 Golden Gophers (4-1) before taking on Auburn (4-1) in a 6:30 p.m. (EDT) match Saturday at Minnesota's Sports Pavilion.