Volleyball Comes Up Empty Against East Carolina, 3-0
Sept. 14, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC -- The George Washington volleyball team opened the 2007 GW Volleyball Invitational Friday with a 3-0 loss at the hands of East Carolina. In front of an enthusiastic crowd made of up of mostly student-athletes representing GW's other sports on Student-Athlete Night, the Pirates prevailed by the scores 30-15, 30-24, 30-28, in one hour, 23 minutes.
The Colonials came out strong to begin game one and raced to a 4-1 lead on three kills by senior Janine Brown and one by Abby Syverson. ECU battled back to knot the game at 7-7 as part of an 18-5 run, fueled by several GW attack errors, for a commanding 25-12 lead. That's all the Pirates needed as they won going away, 30-15.
Game two was much more competitive with 13 ties and seven lead changes before the Pirates pulled away from a 20-20 tie to outscore GW 10-4 down the stretch. Game three was the closest of the night featuring 14 ties, the last coming at 28-28. ECU's Stephanie Turner slammed a kill to give the Pirates the 29-28 edge and Kelley Wernert ended the night with a kill from an assist by setter Katie Koop.
Wernert led East Carolina's attack with a match-high 16 kills and just four errors for a .364 hitting percentage and 20 points. Her teammate Melissa Zentner added 12 kills and just two errors for a .345 hitting percentage.
Brown's 13-kill, 12-dig double-double again led the Colonials with 14 points. Junior Liz Moult contributed 6.5 points on five kills while hitting .263.
As a team, ECU hit a robust .309 (54 kills, 16 errors, 123 attempts) while GW combined to hit just .097 (32-20-124).
In the tournament's first match on Friday, Hartford came from behind in each of the three games to defeat Howard, 30-22, 30-27, 30-25.
GW (5-6) will try to snap its two-match slide when it faces Hartford (6-5) Saturday at 2 p.m. and Howard (0-9) at 7 p.m. in the final day of the GW Invitational at Smith Center. East Carolina (6-5) will face Howard at 12 p.m. and Hartford at 5 p.m. also at Charles E. Smith Athletic Center.