Temple Hex Continues, Colonials Fall To Owls, 3-2
Five-Game Classic Ends on Ball-Handling Error
Oct. 2, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC -- After taking a two-games-to-none lead, it looked as though the George Washington volleyball team would finally get the monkey--or Owl--off its back but it was not meant to be. Temple rallied to win three straight games and take the match, 26-30, 30-32, 30-28, 30-28, 16-14, extending its mastery over GW to 13 straight matches and hand GW its first home loss of the season Saturday afternoon at Smith Center.
Temple's win streak in the series between the two teams now spans six years. GW's last victory over Temple on the volleyball court came on Nov. 14, 1998. The teams meet again on Oct. 29 in Philadelphia.
GW sophomore Juliene McLaughlin (Lindsay, Ontario) paced the Colonials' attack with a match-high 28 kills and had 16 digs for her seventh double-double of the season.
GW's sophomore setter Kaimana Lee (Wailuku, HI) assisted on 64 of GW's 78 kills and added 13 digs. The Colonials out-hit the Owls .207 to .172. GW pounded 78 kills and had 99 digs compared to 71 kills and 93 digs for Temple. GW, however, gave away 15 points on service errors while Temple misfired just seven times from the service line.
Temple's (5-11, 2-0 in the A-10) Zhen Jia Liu led the Owls with 27 kills while fellow countryman Yue Liu added 20 kills and three block solos.
With Temple leading, 15-14, in the decisive fifth game, the match was decided on a ball-handling error call by the referee bringing a sudden and anti-climactic end to an emotionally intense two-hour, 31-minute battle.
GW (4-9, 1-2 A-10) hosts Georgetown Tuesday in the 56th renewal of the non-conference rivalry. The match begins at 7 p.m. at Smith Center. The Hoyas are coached by former GW standout, Liu Li.