Volleyball Breaks Through, Downs Jacksonville, 3-1
Sept. 17, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC -- The George Washington volleyball team defeated visiting Jacksonville University, 3-1, Friday night in the GW Volleyball Invitational at GW's Smith Center. The Colonials won the match, 30-24, 31-29, 33-35, 30-23, giving GW its first win of the year and snapping a seven-match skid to open the season. Earlier Friday, Binghamton surprised Akron, 3-2 in the tournament's opening match.
For the sixth time in eight matches, sophomore Juliene McLaughlin was the go-to player with a team-high 25 kills to go with 12 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. GW sophomore Kelly Kabbes added 12 kills and hit .450 while Jacksonville native Janine Brown killed 10 balls for the Colonials. Junior libero Jessica Vesey recorded a match-high 28 digs.
The Colonials hit a season-high .295 with 77 kills compared to .160 for Jacksonville (54 kills) in the two-hour, seven match. The Colonials' defense was up to the task as well and recorded 75 digs compared to 67 digs by JU.
GW appeared on the verge of sweeping the Dolphins but was unable to close out JU in game three before falling, 35-33.
Jacksonville's Eva Stoilova led the Dolphins with 14 kills while teammates Candice Rose and Erin Hickman added 13 kills each. JU's Kelly Ryals added a team-high 17 digs.
The Colonials (1-7) next face Binghamton (4-4) Saturday at noon and Akron (7-3) at 5:00 p.m. in the tournament finale at Smith Center. Jacksonville plays Akron at 10 a.m. Saturday and the Jacksonville-Binghamton match takes place at 3:00 p.m.
2004 GW VOLLEYBALL INVITATIONAL at Smith Center