Volleyball Keeps Rolling, Sweeps La Salle, 3-0
Butz Hits .533 to Lead Colonials
Oct. 18, 2008
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The George Washington volleyball team won its fifth straight match with a 3-0 sweep of La Salle Saturday in Philadelphia. The Colonials, who defeated Temple in a two-hour marathon less than 24 hours earlier, dispatched the Explorers by the scores, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18, at LU's Hayman Center. The five-match win streak is the Colonials' longest since they won five straight near the end of the 2006 season. Coincidentally, that string began at La Salle.
After the teams fought to a 18-18 tie in the first set, the Colonials scored six of the next nine points behind three kills from sophomore Katie Zulandt and a set-ending kill by Kate Butz.
The second set was knotted at 12-12 before GW put together a 9-1 run behind two kills each from Butz and Hannah Stuart. La Salle rallied to tie the set at 20-20 but committed a pair of attack errors by Jackie Kushman. GW's Liz Moult slammed one of her match-high 11 kills and the Colonials won the set on a kill from Zulandt.
The third set was close up to a 17-16 GW lead before the Explorers committed a couple of errors to allow the Colonials to coast to the 25-18 triumph.
Butz hit an errorless .583 on eight kills in 15 swings while recording a solo block and a block assist. Freshman setter Alyssa Valentine assisted on 34 of GW's 42 kills (81 percent) and senior Maggie Wright contributed a team-high 11 digs.
For the match, GW out-hit La Salle, .278 (42-15-97) to .130 (34-21-100). La Salle won the battle at the net with six total blocks to four blocks for GW.
La Salle (5-19, 1-8 A-10) was led by Christa Dominick's 12.5 points on nine kills and three blocks. Tammi Jones added a match-high 14 digs.
GW (11-8, 4-3 A-10) returns to Smith Center to host Fordham Friday, Oct. 24 in a 7:00 p.m. match on Alumni Weekend before facing Rhode Island Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Both matches will be available via live video streaming on www.GWsports.com as well as GameTracker live stats.