Volleyball Swept by Winthrop, 3-0
Offense Struggles Against 11-1 Eagles
Sept. 16, 2006
WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- The George Washington volleyball team lost its second straight match in the Wake Forest Black & Gold Challenge, this time to a powerful Winthrop squad, 3-0, Saturday morning at Winston-Salem, NC. The Eagles needed just one hour, 13 minutes to dispatch GW by the scores, 30-18, 30-25, 30-12, at Wake's Reynolds Gymnasium.
The Colonials were outplayed in nearly every statistical category as they combined to score 29 total points compared to 65 for Winthrop. The Eagles were dominant on offense and combined to hit .317 with 49 kills to just .057 (27 kills) for GW.
Winthrop (11-1) scored nine points on service aces while GW senior Kaimana Lee served the only ace for GW in the entire match.
After dismissing GW in game one, game two was the most competitive of the match. That contest featured 14 ties and 14 lead changes. The Colonials tied the game at 23-23 after a Winthrop service error before the Eagles regained the lead on a kill by Taryn Surbaugh and a service ace by Emily Heckl. GW's Abba Greenleaf responded with a kill to get GW within one at 25-24 before Winthrop scored five of the next six points to go up two games to none.
Game three was never in question as the Eagles took a 7-1 lead to begin the game and were never threatened en route to an easy 30-12 victory. Four different Eagles had double-figure kills led by Tori Grafeman and Shannon Sitzmann with 12 each.
GW senior Juliene McLaughlin (7 points) led the Colonials with seven kills but also committed nine attack errors for a -.057 hitting percentage. Only four Colonials managed a positive hitting percentage for the match were senior Kelly Kabbes (.300), freshman Abby Syverson (.200) and setters Lee (.500) and Jess Buche (1.00). Sophomore Libero Maggie Wright led the Colonials with 13 digs.
GW recorded season-lows in block assists (two), assists (25) and digs (34).
GW (7-4) next faces Davidson Saturday at 4:30 in their final match of the Black & Gold Challenge hosted by Wake Forest. Davidson blew a 2-games-to-none lead on Winthrop last night before the Eagles rallied to win three straight and drop the Wildcats to 7-6.
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