Pretty in Pink: Volleyball Outlasts Charlotte, 3-2

Nov. 6, 2008

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WASHINGTON, DC -- George Washington's Leah Hill picked a good night to come up with her career-high 23 kills as GW needed every one of them to hold off a pesky Charlotte squad, 3-2, Thursday night at GW's Charles E. Smith Center. The Colonials prevailed by the scores, 25-18, 21-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-13, in a two-hour, 13-minute marathon. GW wore pink uniforms to mark Dig For The Cure Night for Breast Cancer Awareness benefitting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. It marked GW's ninth win in its last 10 outings as the Colonials improved to 15-9 overall, 6-4 in the A-10.

While Hill's 24.5 points led all players, she had help from teammates Liz Moult and Jackie Yaniga. Moult added 15.5 points on 13 kills and hit .303 with five block assists while Yaniga hit .333 on seven kills in 18 swings.

After GW took a 17-9 lead and breezed to a relatively easy 25-18 triumph in the first set, Charlotte rallied to grab the second set, 25-21, on consecutive kills from Kaitlin Knight and Kara Raker.

The third set featured four ties, the last coming at 10-10 before GW strung together a 8-3 run for an 18-13 margin. The 49ers rallied to within one at 20-19 on a kill by Leah Leventhal but the Colonials got a pair of kills from Moult and one from Hill to win, 25-23. Set four was a nail-biter that was tied at 22-22 before a couple of GW errors enabled Charlotte to win, 25-23 and force a fifth set.

GW took control of the final set following a GW timeout after the 49ers had closed an 11-7 GW lead to two at 11-9 on a GW attack error. The Colonials came out of the timeout and got a kill each from Moult and Yaniga while Hill added a pair of kills, including the game-winner, to capture the set, 15-13.

For the match, Charlotte was the more efficient team out-hitting the Colonials, .241 (65-24-170) to .226 (57-22-155). GW won the battle at the net, however, combining for 9.5 total blocks to four blocks for the 49ers.

Charlotte (10-16, 1-9 A-10) was led by Knight's 21.5 points on 19 kills and 13 digs while hitting .325. Rake hit .400 on 16 kills in 30 attacks for 16.5 points. Libero Carly Romberg added a match-high 20 digs.

GW (15-9, 6-4 A-10) next travels to Long Island University (14-11) for a non-conference match Saturday at 5 p.m. before taking on Fordham (16-14, 4-6 A-10) Sunday at noon in the Bronx. GW defeated Fordham earlier this season, 3-2, at Smith Center.



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