Confidence extends volleyball’s winning streak

The GW volleyball team just can’t make up its mind.

After starting out the season with five wins in seven games, the Colonials looked poised to spike their way to the top of the Atlantic 10. Then GW dropped six of its next seven opportunities, looking more mediocre than masterful.

But a 3-0 victory over Loyola (Md.) Tuesday gave hint that GW might be righting the ship again. The victory marked the Colonials’ third straight win after triumphs over Charlotte and North Carolina Central this weekend – wins that gave the Colonials confidence to propel them in Tuesday’s match, head coach Jojit Coronel said.

“There is no substitute for confidence,” he said after the Loyola victory. “We knew we had the talent, but winning the two games after the losses to Xavier, Dayton and St. Louis gave us what we needed to take this match.”

GW (9-8, 2-3 A-10) swiftly took care of the Greyhounds, defeating Loyola by scores of 25-13, 25-22 and 25-21. Sophomore Hannah Stuart led GW offensively, tallying 13 kills and making no errors. The Colonials hit .420 overall, their highest percentage of the season.

Despite GW superior record – Loyola was just 4-17 coming into the match – Coronel said he knew he had to keep his team motivated to avoid falling into what could have been a trap game.

“At that point, we have to execute and do the little things,” he said.

Coronel acknowledged the team was a work in progress – but said they had the skills to work through its flaws.

“We showed that we have bad habits up to this point, and we’ll have bad habits throughout the season,” he said. “But this team is strong enough and has the mental resolve to work through that and keep executing.”

One issue GW may need to resolve is its lack of consistency, which junior Abby Syverson cited as one problem in need of solving last Sunday. GW seemed to play in and out of rhythm against Loyola on Tuesday, making dominant offensive runs in the first set but giving the Greyhounds a head start in the third frame.

GW will travel to Philadelphia this weekend to take on Temple Friday and La Salle Saturday. The Owls currently lead the A-10’s East Division with a record of 4-3.

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