Volleyball Closes Season With 3-1 Victory Over American on Senior Night
Nov. 12, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC -- On `Senior Night,' the GW volleyball team combined to hit .222 in a high-energy 3-1 victory over visiting American University Saturday night at Charles E. Smith Athletic Center. The Colonials won by the scores 30-14, 25-30, 30-20, 31-29 in one hour, 49 minutes.
It marked the final collegiate matches for GW seniors Abigail Hatter (Manassas, VA), Shannon Parks (Marietta, GA), Lindsey Vernand (Huntington Beach, CA) and Jessica Vesey (Poway, CA) each of whom were honored in a prematch ceremony.
Of the four seniors, it was Hatter who went out with the biggest bang hitting .643 on nine kills and no errors in 14 attacks and had eight total blocks. Parks added seven kills and five block assists and Vernand chipped in with five kills and six digs. Vesey led all players with 20 digs and ended her career with 1,372 digs to rank fourth on the GW career digs list.
Colonials juniors Kelly Kabbes (Cary, NC) and Juliene McLaughlin (Lindsay, ONT) led the Colonials with 13 and 11 kills, respectively. McLaughlin added 10 digs for her 11th double-double of the season.
American (22-9) was led by Rubena Sukaj's 16 kills as well as 14 kills from Cutrina Biddulph.
After the senior ceremony, the Colonials came out strong in game one and hit an impressive .429 on 19 kills compared to AU's .061 and eight kills. The Eagles turned the tables in game two and won handily on the strength of a .184 percentage behind 16 kills. The Colonials roared back in game three and out-hit AU, .258 to .025. Game four went down to the wire after GW squandered a 24-14 lead. AU was able to tie the game at 29-29 on a kill by Biddulph. A kill by Hatter gave GW a 30-29 lead and the match ended on an AU attack error when Sukaj's attempt sailed just out of bounds.
GW ends the season on a four-match winning streak and a final record of 14-15 overall, 5-8 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. The Colonials won 12 of their last 14 games over the final four matches.
- GW -