Volleyball Finds a Way, Sweeps La Salle, 3-0
Oct. 30, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The GW Volleyball team snapped a 10-match losing skid with a 3-0 sweep of La Salle Saturday night in Philadelphia. The Colonials won by the scores: 30-20, 32-30, 30-17 in a one-hour, 31-minute Atlantic 10 match at Tom Gola Arena. The win ended the longest losing string in the 30-year history of the GW program and improved the Colonials' record to 5-18 overall, 2-8 in the A-10. La Salle, which also lost to GW on Oct. 1 in Washington, fell to 8-19, 1-8 A-10.
Saturday, GW was vastly improved in two key areas that had plagued it for much of the season, hitting efficiency and serving. After hitting .059 in their loss at Temple yesterday, the Colonials came out strong and hit .289 against the Explorers with 50 kills and just 11 errors. Just as importantly, GW kept its service errors to a minimum with a season-low two while serving four aces.
In game one, La Salle led, 5-3, before the Colonials scored 12 unanswered points to take a 15-5 lead. The Explorers could not recover from the deficit, only managing to get to within six during the rest of the game.
Game two saw a much different La Salle team; the Explorers kept the game close, even taking a three-point lead at 12-9, but the Colonials rallied and took the lead at 17-16. The two teams traded points, and eventually La Salle recaptured the lead at 27-26. After scoring the next point, the Colonials called a time out and scored the next two points to knot the score at 28-28. The teams again traded points and the Colonials squeaked out a 32-30 win.
After the intermission, the teams played to a 5-5 tie before GW ran off the next four points. La Salle called a time-out with the score 15-9 but it did not stop the Colonials from forging ahead and claiming the game and match by a score of 30-17.
The Explorers combined to hit just .089 on 43 kills while committing 30 errors. La Salle also committed six service errors and four aces. GW was superior at the net with seven total blocks (3 solo, 8 assists) compared to two blocks for La Salle.
GW senior co-captain Molly Law had a team-high 14 kills and hit .282 with a match-high 19 digs to lead the Colonials. Freshman Janine Brown hit .438 with eight kills and just one error in addition to 10 digs for the Colonials' other double-double.
La Salle's Samantha Takacs led the Explorers with 15 kills while Caitlin DeJong added 15 digs.
GW returns to Washington to host Fordham Friday in a 7:00 p.m. match at Smith Center followed by a match with Rhode Island Saturday at 7:00 p.m.