The GW women’s volleyball team split two Atlantic 10 road matches in Ohio as it defeated Xavier Friday night and lost to Dayton Saturday.
Senior outside hitter Gabriela Mojska returned to the lineup, leading GW’s efforts with 33 kills over the weekend. GW (9-6, 4-3 A-10) now finds itself in a pack of A-10 teams hovering above .500. The Colonial women will host UMass Friday night before Midnight Madness.
Dayton 3, GW 1
Saturday, Oct. 9
Dayton defeated GW 3-1 at the Frericks Center, marking the team’s third straight loss to the Flyers.
The final game of the match completed Dayton’s offensive dominance as it posted 22 kills en route to a 15-5 victory. GW committed a game-high 10 errors in the finale as Dayton’s strong finish closed out the Colonial women.
Tied at one game apiece, Dayton (9-8, 5-3 A-10) defeated GW 15-8 in the decisive third game. The Flyers’ attack percentage of .353, which included 18 kills and just six errors in 34 attempts, dominated GW.
GW played well in the second game as the Colonial women won 15-9. GW’s 23 kills and only three errors paved the way for the Colonial women.
GW’s mediocre start of nine kills and seven errors cost it in the opener. Dayton’s 15 kills were more than enough to defeat the visiting Colonial women, who were looking to defeat the Flyers on the road for the first time since 1995.
Junior Renee Arnold led the Colonial women with 14 kills and fellow junior Tracee Brown added 11 kills for the match. Julie Jahnke had 12 kills and eight digs.
GW 3, Xavier 2
Friday, Oct. 8
GW outlasted Xavier 3-2 at the Schmidt Fieldhouse as the Colonial women won their fourth straight match against last year’s regular season champions. Only two of the five games were close in score, including the thrilling 15-11 GW victory in the final game.
Mojska and the Colonial women played a perfect fifth game, pounding 11 kills and no errors. The outstanding senior led GW with a match-high 21 kills and added 12 digs. Junior Jill Levey continued her consistent play with 44 assists and 19 digs.
Xavier (12-5, 4-3 A-10) dominated the fourth game 15-4 and struck for 18 kills and one error. It was a far different game from the middle game of the match – which GW won easily, 15-6. The Colonial women only needed six kills in the game as Xavier’s match-high eight errors proved costly.
The teams split the first two games of the match as Xavier crushed GW in the opener 15-3 and then fell to the Colonial women 15-10. Xavier opened with 15 kills to start the match, but GW minimized its errors, committing only three in the second game as its 13 kills were good enough for the victory. The Colonial women only had 16 errors for the match.