Volleyball Outlasts Rhode Island, 3-2
Nov. 6, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC -- The GW volleyball team hung on to defeat visiting Rhode Island, 32-30, 20-30, 30-21, 23-30, 15-12 in an Atlantic 10 Conference battle Saturday night at Smith Center.
The win gave the Colonials a split in the season series with URI after GW lost to the Rams in five games on Oct. 8 in Rhode Island. The victory also moved GW into a tie with Rhode Island in the A-10 standings with identical 3-9 records. GW improved to 6-19 overall while URI dropped to 8-16 overall.
GW junior Shannon Parks paced the Colonials' attack with 15 kills and assisted on six blocks. GW's freshman standout Janine Brown added 13 kills in 27 swings for a .370 percentage to go with 16 digs, a block solo and three block assists. Junior libero Jessica Vesey had a team-high 22 digs and Kaimana Lee assisted on 48 of GW's 64 kills.
Rhode Island's Kaleena Miller had an impressive double-double with a match-high 24 kills and 20 digs.
Coming off an excruciating five-game loss to Fordham just 24 hours earlier, it looked as though GW was headed for the same fate Saturday but when the dust finally cleared, the Colonials had more left in the tank than the Rams.
After the teams traded victories in the first four games, both teams fought hard in the decisive fifth game. GW pushed ahead from a 7-7 tie to go up 12-8 and appeared to be taking control of the game. URI, however, got back to within 12-11 on kills by Bello and Miller sandwiched around a GW attack error. The Colonials responded with kills by Abigail Hatter and Molly Law for a 14-12 advantage before another cross-court kill by Hatter ended the match.
GW sophomore Kelly Kabbes assisted on eight blocks as GW amassed 13.5 total blocks compared to seven for URI.
For the match, URI out-hit GW .235 to .211 and had a 93-72 advantage over the Colonials in digs. GW served six aces to three for URI.
GW (6-19, 3-9 A-10) next travels to Maryland-Eastern Shore Tuesday for a 6:00 p.m. match at Princess Anne, MD.