Volleyball Comes Up Short Against Long Island, 3-0
Colonials Fall to Efficient-Hitting Blackbirds
Oct. 5, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC -- Playing its second non-conference match in 24 hours, the GW volleyball team struggled with visiting Long Island and lost, 3-0, in a non-conference match Friday night at Charles E. Smith Athletic Center. The Blackbirds won by the scores, 30-25, 30-23, 30-28 in one hour, 34 minutes. The loss was GW's second to LIU in as many meetings. The teams also met in 2005.
Long Island (10-9) was very efficient on offense and combined to hit .313 as a team while nearly doubling GW's kills total, 60-38. The Colonials hit .219 as a team and out-blocked the Blackbirds, 5-3. LIU was led by powerful Martina Wagner who scored 21 points on 19 kills and hit .500 with 16 digs and a pair of service aces. Wagner was one of four Blackbirds with double-figure kills. Svetlana Simic led all players with 24 digs.
The Colonials were led by senior Janine Brown who was the only Colonial with double-figure kills (12) but had season-low two digs for 13 points. Sophomore Katie Butz was impressive as she tallied 8.5 points on seven kills while hitting .462 with three block assists. GW freshman Leah Hill had three kills and six digs and also sang the National Anthem prior to the match.
Game one was very competitive with 13 ties and three lead changes before LIU pulled away from a 23-23 tie to outscore the Colonials, 7-3, down the stretch. Game two was all LIU early as the Blackbirds forged a 14-7 lead. GW battled back to within three at 23-20 on a Blackbird setting error but could get no closer.
Game three was the closest of the match and featured seven lead changes and 12 ties, the last coming at 28-28 on a kill by Liz Moult. LIU's Martina Racic took a set from Dunja Milin and killed it past the GW defense to set up match point. LIU then won the match on Wagner's 19th kills of the evening.
LIU head coach Toby Rens, a former assistant volleyball coach at GW during the mid-90s, earned career victory No. 200 against his former team.
GW (10-10, 2-2 A-10) gets back to business in the A-10 with a difficult two-match road trip beginning Friday at No. 15 Dayton for a 6 p.m. contest followed by a Saturday match against Xavier at 7 p.m. in Cincinnati.