Fairfax, Va., is a bit closer to home than Ohio. Maybe that’s why the GW volleyball team was able to get back on a winning track. The squad won its second straight match 3-1 Tuesday night against George Mason.
The Colonials (4-7) outscored the Patriots (3-7) 30-20, 27-30, 30-21, 30-23 in a two-hour match that head coach Jojit Coronel said GW “had to win.”
Sophomore Janine Brown led GW with 17 kills, and with 12 digs, recorded her fourth double-double of the season. In addition to her 11 kills on offense, junior Juliene McLaughlin posted a team-high 15 digs for the Colonials’ defense over the four games. Brown and senior Jessica Vesey had 12 digs each.
The first game was the Colonials’ most dominating. After beginning 8-1, GW led by as much as 20-9 before the Patriots tightened the game to 28-20. The Colonials closed out the game with junior Kelly Kabbes’ kill and the clinching block assist of junior Kaimana Lee and senior Abigail Hatter.
Game two began with GMU leading 12-4 after capitalizing on the Colonials’ errors. The Patriots had another eight-point advantage at 22-14 before GW scored five points in a row. GMU rallied to increase their lead and GW came back again to come as close as 29-27 before Janelle Wilson’s kill for the Patriots ended the game.
With the match tied 1-1, the Colonials began game three with a strong lead, as they had in game one. Ball-handling and attack errors by GMU contributed to GW’s early lead that the Colonials rode through the rest of the game.
GW began the fourth game with a 6-1 lead just as they had starting in game three. Later, the Patriots were able to rebound to trail the Colonials by only 21-17. The game and match were won with a kill by Brown, 30-23.
GMU’s Jacqueline Kohler had a match-high 22 kills, hitting .308 in addition to her 16 digs. Only Zulma Rojas’ 18 digs were higher for the Patriots’ defense. The team was also helped by Julie Flanders hitting .438 for the match.
The Colonials’ first Atlantic 10 Conference game will be against Xavier in Cincinnati Friday night. GW will also play A-10 rival Dayton on Saturday before leaving Ohio.