The George Washington University: Women's Volleyball

Volleyball Squanders Lead in 3-2 Loss to Long Island

Jackie Yaniga led the Colonials with a career-high 18 points and 14 kills at Long Island Saturday.
Jackie Yaniga led the Colonials with a career-high 18 points and 14 kills at Long Island Saturday.

Nov. 8, 2008

Final Stats

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.

GW needed to extend the first set before winning, 28-26, on successive blocks by Katie Zulandt and Alyssa Valentine for a 27-26 lead and won the match on a double block by Zulandt and Liz Moult.

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.

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