Volleyball Edged by Fordham, 3-2
Nov. 5, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC -- The GW volleyball team lost to Fordham, 28-30, 30-18, 30-26, 29-31, 12-15 in an Atlantic 10 Conference match Friday night at Smith Center. It marked the completion of the first season sweep by Fordham over GW on the volleyball court after the Colonials lost to the Rams in five game in the Bronx on Oct. 9. The loss dropped the Colonials' record to 5-19, 2-9 in the A-10 while Fordham improved to 13-14, 5-6 A-10.
GW senior co-captain Molly Law played one of the best matches of her career by pounding a career-high 23 kills with 19 digs and hit .291 with three block assists.
Fordham's Jamee Stimson nearly equalled Law's effort with 21 kills while hitting .255.
After trailing most of game one before coming out on the shrot end of a 30-28 score, the Colonials came out strong in game two and hit .303 with 14 kills and just four errors to take a 30-18 victory. GW took a two-games-to-one lead after downing the Rams in game three, 30-26. But the resilient Rams refused to fold and hung on for a 31-29 victory in game four to force a decisive fifth game.
Fordham maintained a narrow lead through much of game five. Althought the game was knotted at 8-8 when the team switched sides, a combination of GW errors and Fordham kills resulted in the FU victory.
GW sophomores Kelly Kabbes and Juliene McLaughlin each had 11 kills. Kabbes hit .450 while McLaughlin added 17 digs. GW libero Jessica Vesey added a match-high 23 digs. Abigail Hatter assisted on a career-high eight blocks.
For the match, GW out-hit FU .163 to .152 and the Colonials were a force at the net amassing 16.5 total blocks to just four for Fordham. The Rams served nine aces to six for GW and Fordham scored 68 kills, three more than GW.
Fordham's Tasha Johnston contributed 15 kills and 15 digs for the Rams while teammate Cassie Sharp added 10 kills and 17 digs.
GW (5-19, 2-9 A-10) next hosts Rhode Island Saturday in a 7:00 p.m. match at Smith Center. URI (8-15, 3-8 A-10) is coming off a 3-0 loss to Duquesne Friday in Pittsburgh.