The GW women’s volleyball team (8-4, 3-1 A-10) split two conference home matches this weekend as GW lost to Temple and then defeated La Salle the following night. GW was led in the matches by senior Gabriela Mojska, who posted 36 kills this weekend.
GW 3, La Salle 0
Saturday, Sept. 25
The Colonial women used their size advantage and dominated La Salle 3-0 at the Smith Center Saturday night. GW committed only 16 errors in the match and won several points after long rallies. GW junior Julie Jahnke had a .786 attack percentage with 12 kills and only one error in 14 total attempts.
GW fought off La Salle’s best single-game performance in the opener to defeat the Explorers 15-9. The Colonial women pounded 23 kills to set the tone for the three-game sweep.
The Colonial women controlled the net in the final two games of the match, winning 15-5 and then 15-4 in the third game. GW’s 6-1 junior Suzana Manole and 6-2 Jahnke weakened the La Salle attack. The Explorers finished the contest with only 31 kills. In the finale, GW jumped out to a 7-1 lead and coasted in the end.
Temple 3, GW 1
Friday, Sept. 24
A slow start and finish cost GW in its four-game loss to Temple. The competitive two-hour match included dynamic but spotty play on both sides. Temple’s dominating 70 kills for the match overwhelmed GW at times. GW committed 13 fewer errors in the game, which led to its second-game victory.
Temple jumped out to an 8-0 lead to begin the match en route to a 15-9 win. GW’s strong play in the latter part of the opener made the game close, but the Colonial women could not recover.
“We’re trying to find consistency,” head coach Yvette Moorehead said. “It’s something we’ve got to work on.”
GW’s second-game performance of 11 kills and only two errors helped the team to coast to a 15-6 victory.
GW junior Tracee Brown put away many of her 11 kills for points in the third game. Brown’s efforts jump-started GW to an 8-4 lead, but Temple went on a seven-point run to take the lead and the game 15-11.
A lackluster performance at the start of the final game cost GW as Temple ran out to an 8-1 lead, deflating the Colonial women’s chances. GW fought back and tightened the score to 9-7, but Temple scored six of the final eight points in the match to win the final game 15-9.