Volleyball Holds Lead, Fends Off Fordham, 3-2
Nov. 9, 2008
BRONX, NY -- For the second straight match, the George Washington volleyball team built a 2-0 lead then dropped the next two sets but on Sunday, the Colonials won the decisive fifth set and the match over Fordham in the Bronx. GW prevailed by the scores, 33-31, 26-24, 21-25, 22-25, 15-9 in just under two hours. It was GW's 10th victory in its last 12 outings as they kept pace atop the A-10 East Division standings. The win completed a regular-season sweep of Fordham, both in five-set nailbiters. GW narrowly defeated Fordham, 3-2, on Oct. 24 at Smith Center and the Rams entered Sunday's match having won five straight with its last loss coming at GW.
Three Colonials did most of the damage offfensively led by senior Liz Moult who hit .309 with 21 kills and just four errors on 51 swings for 23 points. Sophomore Leah Hill posted her second straight double-double, and seventh of the season, with a team-high 22 kills and 10 digs for 24.5 points while Abby Syverson recorded 10 kills while hitting .292. Maggie Wright led all players with 26 digs
GW needed to extend the first set before winning, 33-31, on a service error by Fordham's Kate Wells followed by a kill from GW's Katie Butz. The second set also required an extra point from GW which ended on a kill by Moult, 26-24. Set three was controlled by Fordham which ended on a kill by Christi Griffiths. The fourth set was knotted at 19-19 before three consecutive kills by Kailee May gave the Rams a 22-19 cushion which was all they needed to hold on for the 25-22 victory.
GW came out strong in the fifth set and took an 8-3 lead behind a trio of kills from Hill and one from Syverson. Fordham rallied to within two at 10-8 on kill by Wells before the Colonials scored five of the next six points to put the match away. Syverson, Moult and Butz all recorded kills in the decisive 5-1 run.
Fordham out-hit GW .227 (74-30-194) to the Colonials' .211 (64-26-180) but the Colonials again dominated at the net with a 16-7 advantage in blocks. Both teams served six aces but the Rams misfired 14 serves compared to just five serve errors for GW.
Fordham (17-15, 5-7 A-10) was led by Griffiths' 24 points on 22 kills and three blocks while hitting .400. Teammates Katie Wells (19 kills, 11 digs) and Kailee May (17 kills, three blocks assists) also had big numbers for the Rams. Megan Arend had a team-high 18 digs.
GW (16-10, 7-4 A-10) returns to Smith Center for the final homestand of the 2008 season when is hosts La Salle (6-22, 1-10 A-10) Friday at 7:00 p.m. before hosting Temple in the regular-season finale and `Senior Day' on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.