Volleyball Squanders Lead in 3-2 Loss to Long Island
Colonials Lose for Just the Second Time in Last 11 Matches
Nov. 8, 2008
BROOKLYN, NY -- The George Washington volleyball team built a 2-0 lead before falling 3-2 to Long Island University Saturday in Brooklyn, NY. LIU won by the scores, 26-28, 17-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-10 in just under two hours. It was just GW's second loss in its last 11 outings and snapped a modest three-match winning streak. The loss was GW's third to LIU in as many meetings. The teams also met last season and in 2005.
The Colonials breezed to a 25-17 triumph in the second set after opening a 20-12 lead on a kill by Jenny O'Brien. The third set saw the Blackbirds race out to an 11-4 lead before the Colonials ralied to within one at 19-18. LIU closed out the set with a 6-3 run for the 25-21 victory.
Long Island broke a 10-10 tie in set four by outscoring GW, 15-11, en route to the 25-21 win to force a fifth set. After battling to a 5-5 tie in set five, LIU got consecutive kills from Svetlana Simic and one by Martina Racic to forge a 9-5 advantage and force GW to burn a timeout. Jackie Yaniga slammed a pair of kills after the timeout but the Blackbirds responded with four kills of their own and bloccked a Yaniga attack to capture the 15-11 win.
Yaniga's career-high 18 points on a team-high 14 kills paced the Colonials' attack while Leah Hill added 14.5 points on 13 kills and 13 digs for her sixth double-double of the season.
Long Island (15-11) hit just .173 as a team while committing 37 attack errors but nearly doubling GW's kills total, 73-46. The Colonials committed 25 attack errors and managed to hit just .126 as a team but dominated the Blackbirds at the net with a 17-9 advantage in blocks.
LIU was led by Racic's 30 points on 26 kills while Simic led all players with 26 digs.
GW (15-9, 6-4 A-10) next travels to the Bronx to face Fordham (17-14, 5-6 A-10) Sunday at noon. GW narrowly defeated Fordham, 3-2, on Oct. 24 at Smith Center. The Rams have won five straight with its last loss coming at GW.