Volleyball’s skid hits six with two losses in Ohio

The GW volleyball team traveled to Ohio with the intent of capturing two Atlantic 10 victories against Dayton and Xavier.

But despite hard-fought matches, the team could not find its way. The Flyers and the Musketeers both shut out the Colonials.

The losses extended the Colonials’ losing streak to six games, as the prospect of a berth into the A-10 Tournament becomes less likely. The Colonials now stand at 4-14 overall and 1-6 in the A-10.

“We are playing tough teams,” sophomore Juliene McLaughlin said. “We played well, and we know we can compete with them and our confidence is up there. Both teams are in the top of the division. We need to step up a bit.”

At Dayton (14-6, 6-1 A-10) on Saturday night, the Colonials were never really in the match. Sophomore Juiliene McLaughlin registered 10 kills while junior Lindsay Vernand chipped in with nine to lead the Colonials in a 30-21, 30-20 and 30-26 loss.

The GW offense lacked strength, hitting .096 with 36 kills compared to Dayton’s 285 with 55 kills. Junior Jessica Vesey had a match-high 16 digs. Dayton is in a three-way tie for first place in the A-10.

On Friday, the Colonials faced Xavier at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati. Xavier sits atop the A-10 volleyball rankings after beating GW in their fifth straight conference and overall win.

The first game proved to be the most competitive for the Colonials, as there were 11 ties and four lead changes. GW only hit .121 with 40 kills while Xavier took advantage and hit .323 with 56 kills. Only four players had a positive hitting percentage, which contributed to the Colonial’s loss. Senior Molly Law had 14 kills and 10 digs while sophomore Kelly Kabbes had five kills in the 30-22, 30-20, 30-22 contest.

With the A-10 season winding down, losing two conference games severely damages the Colonials’ chances for tournament play.

The Colonials look to end their losing ways on Tuesday night as they travel to the Bender Arena to face American University. Last year, the Colonials ended their season with a 3-0 loss to the Eagles.

“American is always a good team and it will be a good practice warm up for the weekend (against Duqensne),” McLaughlin said. “Both teams are always good and we just need to get our confidence back up.”

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