Volleyball Rolls to Third Straight Victory, Sweeps Loyola, 3-0
Stuart Hits .565 with 13 Kills to Lead Colonials
Oct. 14, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC -- The George Washington volleyball team easily handled Loyola (MD), 3-0, in a non-conference match Tuesday evening at GW's Smith Center. The Colonials defeated the Greyhounds by the scores, 25-13, 25-22, 25-21, in a brisk one-hour, 11-minute contest. It marked the third straight victory for the Colonials following three straight losses.
While GW combined to hit a season-high .420 for the match, the night belonged to Colonials' outside hitter, Hannah Stuart. The sophomore from Washington state led all players with 14.5 points on 13 kills and she did it without committing a single attack error which led to a career-high .565 hitting percentage. She added eight digs, a block assist and a service ace for one of the best all-around performances of her career.
GW came out strong in the first set and took a 7-2 lead on a Loyola service error. The Greyhounds drew to within three at 11-8 on a kill by Nina Camaioni before GW's Abby Syverson slammed a kill to ignite a 10-3 run and the Colonials coasted to the 25-13 rout.
The second set was much tighter as the teams battled to a 9-9 tie before Loyola committed the first of three straight errors to give GW the 12-9 advantage they would not relinquish. GW closed out the set on another Syverson kill for the 25-22 triumph.
Set three was the closest of the evening as GW coach Jojit Coronel tinkered with his lineup to get more players into the mix. Junior Madelyn Bagby started the match at setter for the Colonials but showed signs of rust as the Colonials' offense sputtered allowing Loyola to forge an 11-6 lead to begin the set. It also marked the return of freshman Jenny O'Brien who had been sidelined with an illness. O'Brien recorded a pair of kills to help GW rally and eventually tie the set at 20-20. A pair of Loyola attack errors follwed by a pair of Stuart kills set up match point at 24-21. The match ended on another Greyhound attack error by Camaioni.
Other Colonials contributing to the victory were Katie Butz and Syverson with 10 points each and Katie Zulandt with 7.5 points while Maggie Wright recorded a match-high 12 digs. the Colonials were without the services of sophomore Leah Hill who was sidelined by injury.
Loyola (4-18) was led by Karlee Woodward's 10.5 points on nine kills and .412 hitting percentage. Rachel Schillinger added eight kills Camaioni notched six kills and 11 digs for the Greyhounds.
GW (9-8, 2-3 A-10) next travels to Philadelphia for a pair of A-10 matches beginning Friday against Temple at 7:00 p.m. The Colonials then face La Salle less than 24 hours later at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. Both matches will be available on www.GWsports.com GameTracker live stats.