GW earns two easy conference victories

The GW women’s volleyball team defeated two weak Atlantic 10 foes this week to improve its standing in the conference.

The Colonial women (15-8, 9-5 A-10) swept St. Bonaventure at home and handled Fordham on the road.

GW has an important weekend coming up as it faces Rhode Island Friday and Massachusetts Saturday.

GW 3, St. Bonaventure 0

The Colonial women’s three-game sweep of St. Bonaventure Saturday at the Smith Center was no contest. GW routed the Bonnies in about an hour.

GW’s 48 kills compared to the Bonnies’ 15 kills told the story. The conference victory was GW’s second in a row and sixth in its last seven matches, while the Bonnies remained winless in conference play.

Sophomore reserve Tracee Brown and fellow sophomore Julie Jahnke were dominant in the final game, helping GW charge out to an early 8-2 lead. Jahnke had a .636 attack percentage with eight kills and only one error in 11 total attempts. Brown’s match-high 12 kills combined with the Bonnies’ .043 attack percentage helped GW defeat St. Bonaventure 15-5 in the final game.

St. Bonaventure (2-20, 0-14) played with GW early on in the second game, but the Colonial women’s height and strong kills by sophomore Renee Arnold helped GW control the net. GW’s .375 attack percentage of 13 kills and just four errors compared to the Bonnies’ -.130 attack percentage (five kills and eight errors) deflated any hopes St. Bonaventure had of winning the game. GW led 10-7 when Brown had a solid kill, and the Colonial women rolled from there to a 15-7 win.

GW immediately jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first game, indicating the match would be a short contest. Sophomore Jill Levey, who had 15 assists and a match-high 11 digs, went error-free, and GW’s command of the game allowed Coach Susie Homan to rest Levey and senior Tai Bethune for next weekend. The Bonnies managed a few points late, but GW won easily 15-4.

“Today gave us a good opportunity to give some people a rest,” Homan said. “Next weekend is critical and we have to focus on it.”

GW 3, Fordham 1

It took an opening-game loss at Fordham (7-14, 2-11) Wednesday night to get the Colonial women going. But GW rolled in the next three games in defeating the Lady Rams 5-15, 15-8, 15-11 and 15-3. The victory completed a season sweep of Fordham.

Bethune was dominant, pounding a match-high 18 kills. Arnold and Levey also had strong performances. Arnold slammed 10 kills, and Levey contributed 33 assists to go along with 12 digs.

GW’s impressive error-free final game, which included 14 kills in 22 total attempts for a .636 attack percentage, ended the match in strong fashion for the Colonial women.

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