Volleyball Edged by UNC Greensboro, 3-2, at West Virginia Classic
Colonials' Hannah Stuart Slams Career-High 16 Kills
Sept. 20, 2008
MORGANTOWN, WV -- The GW Volleyball team battled but was narrowly defeated by a pesky UNC Greensboro squad, 3-2, Saturday in the third match of the West Virginia Classic Saturday in Morgantown, WV. GW fell to the Spartans by the scores, 13-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-23, 8-15 at the WVU Coliseum.
For the second straight match, the GW offense sputtered in the first set and fell behind, 1-7, to begin the match. UNCG kept the pressure on and the Colonials could get only as close as four (6-10) before the Spartans coasted to the 25-13 rout.
GW got back on track and played much better in the second set. The Colonials broke open a 15-15 tie with a 5-1 burst on the strength of a Liz Moult kill and an ace by Leah Hill, coupled with a pair of UNCG attack errors, for a 20-16 lead. The Spartans rallied to within one at 23-22 on a kill by Caley Redden before GW closed out the set on a Hannah Stuart kill and a Redden attack error.
Set three saw GW take an early lead before UNCG rallied to tie the set four times before taking the lead for good at 10-9 on a kill from Branagan Fuller. A kill by the Spartans' Kaitlyn Nortz and a GW ball-handling error gave UNCG some breathing room at 15-11 and they managed to keep the Colonials at bay and hold on for the 25-20 triumph.
Set four was a tightly-contested, back-and-forth affair with GW taking a 19-18 lead that it would not relinquish. Stuart was the `go-to' player for the Colonials as she slammed four kills down the stretch. GW won the set, 25-23, on an attack error by Nortz.
Set four also was a tense affair with the teams tied at 8-8 after a kill by Jackie Yaniga before a UNCG block, service ace and a kill by Luciana Shafer gave the Spartans a 12-8 lead. A GW attack error and a service ace by Catherine Hanners won the match for UNCG, 15-8.
Stuart paced the Colonials with 18.5 points on her career-high 16 kills and 13 digs for her first double-double of the season. Moult added nine kills while Yaniga contributed 8.5 points on eight kills. Freshman setter Alyssa Valentine assisted on 39 of GW's 44 kills and added 11 digs.
UNCG (7-5) was led by Fuller's 16 points on 15 kills and 19 digs while Shafer scored 17.5 points on 13 kills, 15 digs and five block assists.
GW (5-4) will attempt to salvage its final match of the tournament when it faces an old A-10 rival, the host Mountaineers (3-6) at 8 o'clock Saturday night in the final match of the West Virginia Classic. WVU defeated UNCG, 3-2, Friday night.