Volleyball Ends Season With 3-0 Loss to Nevada
Law, Parks Lead Colonials
Nov. 27, 2004
STOCKTON, CA -- The 2004 season came to a close Saturday with the GW volleyball team losing to the University of Nevada, 3-0, in the consolation match of the 26th Community Bankers Classic in Stockton, CA. The Wolf Pack won by the scores 30-23, 30-23, 30-24, in a one-hour, eight-minute match at Pacific's Alex G. Spanos Center. It marked the final match of the season for GW and the final collegiate match for seniors Molly Law (Denver, CO) and Katie Downey (Caldwell, ID). The Colonials conclude 2004 with a final record of 7-23 while Nevada improved to 21-9.
In their final collegiate match, Law and Downey made their presence felt. Law hit .273 with eight kills and eight digs while Downey led the Colonials with a team-high 10 digs and a service ace. GW sophomore Kelly Kabbes (Cary, NC) contributed four kills and a pair of service aces while turning in an errorless .500 hitting percentage in the loss. Junior Shannon Parks (Atlanta, GA) matched Law's eight kills in the match and added seven kills and a pair of blocks. It marked the second straight match where no Colonial recorded double-figure kills.
Nevada was in control throughout. The Wolf Pack was led by junior middle blocker Salaia Salave'a whose 20 kills led all players. She hit .581 committing just two attacking errors. Salave'a is the niece of Washington Redskin Joe Salave'a. Nevada's Karly Sipherd added 12 kills and three block assists while Carly Sorensen added 10 kills.
For the match, Nevada combined to hit .368 (60-18-114) compared to .155 (34-18-103) for GW. Nevada also had a 43-32 advantage in digs.
Pacific (18-9) and San Francisco (12-19) play for the Bankers Classic championship beginning at 10:00 pm (EST) Saturday. GW's 7-23 (.233) final record represents a low-water mark for the program which concluded its 30th season Saturday. Only the 2001 Colonials (6-18) won fewer matches although three matches were cancelled that season following the Sept. 11 attacks.