Volleyball's Rally Falls Short To Georgetown, 3-2
Colonials Battle Back from 2-0 Game Deficit to Force Game Five
Oct. 5, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC -- The George Washington volleyball team took a break from conference play to host crosstown rival Georgetown Tuesday in the 56th renewal of the crosstown rivalry. The Hoyas got the better of the Colonials, 30-27, 30-22, 26-30, 22-30, 15-10 in a two-hour, 11-minute battle at GW's Smith Center.
Former GW standout, Liu Li, now coach of the Hoyas, returned to Smith Center and had her team up two-games-to-none before the Colonials battled back to knot the match at 2-2. GU hit a confident .385 in the decisive fifth game while GW sputtered with a .062 hitting percentage with five kills and four errors in game five.
GW junior Abigail Hatter (Manassas, VA) had an impressive night both offensively and defensively. The 6-foot-3 middle hit .350 with 10 kills and nine blocks for 15 points. GW senior co-captain Molly Law (Denver, CO) led GW with 14 kills and nine digs while sophomore Juliene McLaughlin (Lindsay, Ontario) contributed 11 kills and 11 digs for her eighth double-double of the season. Junior Jessica Vesey (Poway, CA) led all players with a match-high 22 digs.
Neither team served well with both sides committing 15 service errors but the Colonials served eight aces compared to four for the visiting Hoyas. GU hit .148 (66-41-169) as a team while GW managed just .091 (51-35-176) for the match.
Georgetown's Ashley Lancaster led the Hoyas with 21 kills and had 15 digs while teammate Sara Albert added 12 kills and six block assists. Patty Carroll added a 10-kill, 18-dig double-double.
The teams have faced each other on the volleyball court every year for the last 29 years with the Colonials holding a slim 29-27 advantage in the all-time series.
GW (4-10, 1-2 A-10) travels to Rhode Island Friday for an Atlantic 10 Conference match at 7 p.m. at URI's Keaney Gym. The Colonials stay on the road for a Saturday match at Fordham beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Bronx.