Volleyball Blocks Duquesne, 3-1
Oct. 19, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC -- The GW volleyball team got back on track Friday with a 3-1 decision over visiting Duquesne in an A-10 Conference match at GW's Charles E. Smith Athletic Center. The Colonials won by the scores, 23-30, 30-28, 30-27, 30-18 in a two-hour, 10-minute come-from-behind battle. The victory snapped GW's three-match losing streak and improved the Colonials' record to 11-12, 3-4 in the league.
The Dukes took charge in game one as the Colonials' offense sputtered early. After a 6-6 tie to begin the game, Duquesne went on an 11-3 run aided by several GW miscues. With Duquesne leading 9-6, GW coach Jojit Coronel called a timeout, pulled starting setter Jess Buche and inserted sophomore Madelyn Bagby. The Colonials began to find their rhythm but it was too little, too late as the Dukes built a commanding 22-13 lead and coasted to the 30-23 victory.
Duquesne started fast in game two with a 5-1 lead forcing GW to call a timeout. The Colonials used a pair of kills from Abby Syverson and Janine Brown to tie the game at 8-8, 9-9 and again at 10-10 before pulling ahead to stay on a kill by Liz Moult. Although the Colonials maintained a working margin of 3-4 points most of the way, Duquesne would not go away and battled back to tie the game at 28-28. After an attack error by Duquesne's Dana McLaughlin and a DU timeout, GW won the game on a bad set by DU's Kristin Garnett.
Following the 10-minute intermission, the teams went neck and neck in game three with GW leading most of the way but never by more than two points. GW then increased its lead from 19-17 to 23-17 on three DU attack errors and a service ace from Maggie Wright. Duquesne closed to within 28-27 on a kill by Jessica Artman before the Colonials closed out the game on a block assist from Katie Butz and Erica Williams.
Game four was all Colonials after racing out to a 5-0 lead and led by as much as 21-9 en route to the 30-18 victory.
Sloppy setting plagued both squads as the teams combined for 13 ball-handling errors in the match and several setting errors. Duquesne combined to hit .167 for the match while the Colonials hit .220 as a team. The Colonials were dominant at the net, however, and blocked 11 Duquesne attacks compared to just two blocks for the Dukes.
GW was led by Syverson's 21 points on 16 kills and six blocks while hitting .500. Brown added 20 points on a team-high 18 kills and 16 digs for her 19th double-double in 21 appearances this season.
Duquesne (10-12, 2-5 A-10) was led by Nicole Wright's 20 points on 19 kills and 13 digs. McLaughlin contributed 16.5 points on 15 kills and 10 digs for the Dukes.
The Duquesne match also served as 'Dig for the Cure Night' to raise funds and awareness for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
GW (10-12, 2-4 A-10) hosts defending A-10 champion Saint Louis (15-5, 4-2 A-10) Sunday at noon at Charles E. Smith Athletic Center.