The Colonials kept pace with Temple in game three to avoid a sweep on Senior Night at the Smith Center Tuesday. The Colonials made the Owls earn a 3-1 match victory by mounting a late comeback in front of about 200 fans. GW ends its season in seventh place, while Temple advances to the Atlantic 10 Tournament finishing in fourth place.
Using momentum from a 7-1 run in the game-two loss, GW stormed out to a 30-21 game-three victory. Britta Stroman and Ruth Lazzari held the Lady Owls to a .020 hitting percentage, their lowest of the match.
GW jumped out to its only big lead at the start with a 5-1 lead thanks to Molly Law’s offensive maneuvers. Temple fought back to pull within one at 10-9, but GW forged ahead and sealed the win with a Hokom kill.
The win set up a decisive game four. The Colonials could have matched Temple’s game one and two wins with the performance but were outperformed once again. While the Colonials improved to their best hitting percentage of the day, Temple (20-9, 10-6 A-10) stayed one step ahead and gutted out the 30-23 win to take the match 3-1.
The Colonials played catch-up all match after dropping game ones and two.
Lazzari finished her season with a team-high 15 kills and 14 digs. Hokom added 10 kills and 14 digs. Farley had 11 digs.
Before the match, senior Shannon Farley was honored for her three years on the varsity team. Farley, a defensive specialist from Hopewell Junction, N.Y., was a sophomore walk-on. As the only upperclassman on the team for last year’s A-10 Championship and during the tragic death of coach Yvette Moorehead, Farley provided leadership for the young Colonials on and off the court.