Volleyball's Woes Continue, Lose to Albany, 3-1

Sept. 10, 2004

NEWARK, DE -- Victory eluded the George Washington volleyball team again as they fell to the University at Albany, 3-1, Friday afternoon at the Delaware Invitational at Newark, DE. Albany won the match, 30-11, 24-30, 30-24, 30-23, sending GW to its sixth straight loss.

The six losses to begin the season equals the worst start in the program's 30-year history. GW also opened the 2001 with six straight losses en route to a 6-18 final record and the 1990 Colonials began the season losing six straight before posting an 18-20 final record. GW has never begun a season 0-7.

For the fifth time in six matches, sophomore Juliene McLaughlin was the go-to player with a match-high 21 kills while equaling her season-best .241 hitting percentage. She also recorded 10 digs for her third double-double of the season.

"Juliene put away a lot of balls but our ball control and serve receive just weren't there today," GW head coach Jojit Coronel said. "We played good defense at times but we shanked some balls too."

GW junior Shannon Parks led the Colonials with a .364 hitting percentage (5-1-11) after posting an errorless hitting performance earlier Friday against New Mexico.

Freshman Janine Brown (Jacksonville, FL) led the Colonials with 14 digs.

Albany's Shelby Goldman led the Great Danes with 16 kills while hitting .282 and teammate Ashlee Reed added a match-high 18 digs.

Albany (2-4) hit .225 with 59 kills compared to .124 (44 kills) for GW. But it was Albany's serving that made the difference. The Great Danes scored 15 points on aces to six for GW.

GW goes for its first victory Saturday when the Colonials take on host Delaware in a 2:00 p.m. match in the Delaware Invitational.



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