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Colonials Get Past Volleyball In Non-Conference Finale

Sept. 28, 2011

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BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland's Lauren Arnold reached double-figures in kills for the second match in a row, leading the Greyhounds with 11, but George Washington University defeated the host Greyhounds, 25-19, 25-22, 25-14, on Wednesday night in Reitz Arena.

Arnold, who made her second start of the season, posted the team-high on 35 swings, four days after putting away 13 kills at Saint Peter's on Sunday.

The Greyhounds (5-12 overall) had a 11-10 lead on a Faye Lukas kill, but the Colonials (11-5) scored the next six points to take control of the first set.

Loyola rallied to close within a point, going on a 5-1 run and making it 17-16 on a Jac Bullock service ace, one of her four in the match.

George Washington, however, fended off the Greyhounds' rally, scoring eight of the next 11 points to close out the set.

The Greyhounds went down 4-0 in the second set, but they then tied it at 9-9 on a Tina Catanach kill. Loyola could not break through, however, to take the second-set lead.

Mindy Maloney killed a Colonials' overpass to pull the Greyhounds within one, 20-19, after George Washington had gone up by as many as four, and a Catanach kill later made it 21-20, but Loyola could not tie the score after that point.

Each team opened the third set with separate 3-0 runs, and they were tied on five occasions, including at 7-7 on an Arnold kill, but George Washington hit .355 in the final set and closed out the match.

Lauren Whyte led all players with 15 kills and a .519 hitting percentage for the Colonials, and Taylor Knox chipped in 11.

Catanach finished with eight kills for the Greyhounds, seven coming in the final two sets, while Lukas and Bullock each had six.

Janet Pressler led all players with 11 digs, while Katie Dircks finished with 10. Dircks was making her season debut after missing the first 16 matches with an injury.

The Greyhounds closed non-conference play with the match and return to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon with a 2 o'clock match at Fairfield.