Volleyball Avenges Earlier Loss to La Salle With 3-2 Win
Oct. 26, 2007
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The GW volleyball team exacted a measure of revenge Friday night with a 3-2 victory over La Salle at Tom Gola Arena. After suffering an agonizing 3-2 loss to La Salle back on Sept. 30 in Washington, the Colonials defeated the Explorers 30-18, 34-32, 27-30, 28-30, 15-8 in a two-hour, 26-minute A-10 battle.
GW senior Janine Brown led three different Colonials in double-figure kills with a match-high 26 to go with her team-high 23 digs for 28.5 points. Junior Liz Moult scored 21 points on 20 kills and a pair of block assists. Senior Erica Williams hit .429 on seven kills in 14 attempts and sophomore Katie Butz hit .476 on 12 kills in 21 attempts. Freshman Leah Hill recorded her season-high 25 digs and served four aces.
The Colonials hit the court running in game one taking a 10-5 lead and neever looking back en route to the easy 30-18 victory. Game two was much closer featuring four lead changes and 11 ties, the last coming at 32-32 before a pair of La Salle attack errors handed the victory to GW, 34-32.
Game three was close throughout with the Explorers taking a lead at 11-10 and maintaining a 3-4 point cushion on the way to the 30-27 win. Game four featured 11 ties with the last coming at 28-28 on a kill by Brown. La Salle responded with a kill by Stephanie Owen and the Explorers won the game on a GW attack error to force the decisive fifth game.
The Colonials got the early jump in game five on a pair of LU attack errors and a kill from Brown followed by a service ace from Leah Hill for a 4-0 lead. The Colonials kept the pressure on with a pair of kills by Butz and Moultfor a 9-4 advantage. GW then committed a pair of attack errors forcing coach Jojit Coronel to spend a timeout to regroup with his team leading, 9-6. Another attack error brought La Salle to within 9-7 before a Brown kill and an ace from Abby Syverson increased the lead to 11-7. GW then scored four of the next five points to win its fourth A-10 match of the year.
Neither team was particularly efficient on the attack but GW was slightly better hitting .173 (77-40-214) to .122 (57-31-213) for La Salle. The Explorers also gave away 12 points on bad serves while GW served seven aces and nine service errors.
La Salle (10-20, 1-9 A-10) was led by Jackie Kushman's 15 points on 15 kills and a match-high 26 digs while Kayla Beck added 22 digs.
GW (12-13, 4-5 A-10) has less than 24 hours to savor the victory as they travel across Philadelphia to face long-time nemesis Temple Saturday at 1 p.m.