Volleyball Slides to Eighth Straight Loss, 3-1
Oct. 23, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC -- The GW volleyball team fell to Duquesne, 30-26, 26-30, 18-30, 34-36 in an Atlantic 10 Conference match Saturday night at Smith Center. The loss extended GW's losing streak to eight matches, it's longest since the 1991 season and equalling the longest in the 30-year history of the program. It also marked the first regular-season sweep by Duquesne against GW since the series began in 1977. The loss dropped the Colonials' record to 4-16, 1-7 in the A-10 while Duquesne improved to 11-13, 3-5 A-10.
GW came out strong in game one and hit. 296 with 24 kills and just eight errors to take a 30-26 victory. The Dukes came back to win game two by the same score before routing the Colonials in game three, 30-18. The Dukes hit .333 in the third game compared to -.039 for GW.
Game four was a classic battle as the teams battled evenly to the 20-point mark. GW then made a push and built a 24-20 lead before Duquesne tied the game at 27-27 on a GW attack error. Neither team budged until the Dukes took a 35-34 lead and ended the match on a kill by freshman setter Kristin Garnett. The 36-34 final also marked GW's longest game of the season.
GW junior Shannon Parks had a career-high 20 kills and hit .226 with a block solo and block assist. Junior Abigail Hatter added 15 kills while hitting .400 with a pair of block solos and four block assists. GW libero Jessica Vesey added a match-high 32 digs.
For the match, DU hit .224 with 64 kills while GW managed 70 kills en route to a .139 hitting percentage. Serving again hampered the Colonials as GW gave away 11 points on service miscues compared to eight service errors for the Dukes. The Colonials did out-block DU, however, 11-10.
Duquesne's Erin Trageser led the Dukes with 16 kills and hit .341 while teammate Amanda Haeg added 14 kills and Diana Wuebker paced the Dukes with 22 digs.
GW (4-16, 1-7 A-10) next travels to George Mason for a 7:00 p.m. match in Fairfax, VA. GW holds a 24-6 advantage in the all-time series with the Patriots.