Volleyball Slide Continues, Loses to Delaware, 3-1

Sept. 11, 2004

NEWARK, DE -- The George Washington volleyball team fell to the host University of Delaware, 3-1, Saturday afternoon at the Delaware Invitational at Newark, DE. The Blue Hens won the match, 28-30, 30-19, 30-26, 30-19, sending GW to its seventh straight loss, its worst start in the program's 30-year history. Delaware won its tournament with Albany placing second, New Mexico third and GW fourth.

GW 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.

For the fifth time in six matches, sophomore Juliene McLaughlin was the go-to player with team-highs in both kills with 17 digs with 15 for her fourth double-double of the season. She was named to the All-Tournament team for the second straight tournament. She also made the all-tournament team at the season-opening UC Irvine tournament.

The Blue Hens's defense was up to the task by recording 68 digs in the match compared to 50 digs by GW. UD also totaled 11 blocks (1 solo, 20 assists) to eight (0 solo, 16 assists) for GW. "We didn't play defense very well and Delaware played great defense," GW head coach Jojit Coronel said. "We have to find someone to step up for us in key situations."

Freshman Janine Brown (Jacksonville, FL) was the only other Colonial with double-figure kills with her career-high 10. She added eight digs. Senior co-captain Katie Downey assited on a team-high five blocks.

Delaware's Sarah Engle led the Blue Hens with 18 kills while teammate Valery Murphy hit. 500 (14-2-24). UD's Taylor Govaars added a match-high 26 digs.

Delaware (4-2) hit .240 with 69 kills compared to .086 (41 kills) for GW.

The Colonials (0-7) return to Washington for their home opener when they host the GW Volleyball Invitational Friday-Saturday, Sept. 17-18 at Smith Center. GW takes on Jacksonville Friday in a 7:00 p.m. match. Akron and Binghamton round out the tournament field.



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