Volleyball Drops A-10 Opener to Fordham, 3-1

Sept. 21, 2007

Final Stats

BRONX, NY -- The George Washington volleyball team opened Atlantic 10 Conference play with a 3-1 loss at Fordham's Rose Hill Gym Friday night. After losing the first game, Fordham won the match by the scores: 27-30, 30-25, 30-19, 30-21 in one hour, 58 minutes. The Colonials and Rams will meet again on Nov. 4 in Washington.

Fordham (8-10, 1-0 A-10) had the upper hand in every statistical category including blocks where the Rams terminated 12 GW attacks compared to just seven blocks by the Colonials. It marked just the fourth match this season where GW had fewer blocks than its opponent.

After winning a close contest in game one, GW fell behind 20-12 in game two before rallying to within four at 26-22. The Rams kept their poise and captured the 30-25 victory. The Colonials were never really in game three again falling behind 20-12 and never threatening to catch the Rams. Fordham controlled game four as well taking a early 10-4 lead and maintaining a comfortable margin throughout for the 30-21 victory.

GW senior captain Janine Brown again paced the Colonials' attack with 22 kills and a match-high 16 digs for her team-leading 12th double-double of the season. Senior setter Jess Buche had one of her best efforts of the season hitting .364 with 36 assists and 14 digs.

Freshman Leah Hill and junior Jackie Yaniga both added nine kills and Yaniga assisted on six blocks.

The Colonials managed to hit just .140 while committing 31 attack errors while Fordham hit .277 with 22 miscues.

Both teams struggled from the service line with GW serving 10 errors to cancel out its two aces and the Rams giving away 16 points of service errors while recording just six aces.

Fordham was led by Christi Griffiths' 19 kills and .452 hitting percentage. Griffiths also had nine block assists and one solo block. Katherine Burrell and Stephanie Frost each contributed 16 digs on the evening. Jenna Hart hit .389 by putting away half of her 18 attempts.



GW (7-8, 0-1 A-10) completes its two-match road trip by traveling to Rhode Island for a Sunday afternoon matinee beginning at 1 p.m.

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