Sports In Brief

Renovated Smith Center hosts first competiton

The volleyball team officially re-opened the newly renovated Smith Center Wednesday night with a 3-0 win over Loyola, Md. The contest was the first home game at the Smith Center for any GW squad.

The 35-year-old arena did host Freshman Convocation earlier this year, but the Smith Center court still needed refinishing and was not usable until this week.

With the Smith Center unavailable, the volleyball team resorted to practicing in the Lerner Health and Wellness Center for the beginning of this season, and did not play a home game before Wednesday night’s win, despite being almost three weeks into its season.

The game marked the competition debut of the Smith Center’s new high-definition, all-video scoreboard, as well as the building’s new bathrooms. It also saw the introduction of two new entrances to the building, near the corners of 23rd and G streets and 23rd and F streets.

Volleyball head coach Jojit Coronel said that even though his team has been forced into a somewhat irregular scenario early on this season, he was pleased with his team’s new home and said it was a “privilege being there.”

The Colonials, who were picked to finish third in their conference in a preseason poll of Atlantic 10 volleyball coaches, practiced for the first time this season in the Smith Center Monday. Coronel said he and his team were largely unfazed, having dealt with a similar situation last season as phase two of the Smith Center renovations was being completed.

“I am used to it because we had the same schedule as last year,” Coronel said.

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