Oct. 14, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Loyola middle blockers Karlee Woodward and Rachel Schillinger combined for 17 kills, but the George Washington hit .406 as a team, and the Colonials came away with a 25-13, 25-22, 25-21, non-conference win Tuesday night at the Charles Smith Center.
Woodward paced the Greyhounds with nine kills, while Schillinger eight.
"Good to see strong middle play tonight," Head Coach Scott Pennewill said. "Our ball-control game was much better (on our serve-receive). Consistent passing much more production from Karlee and Rachel, and we hope to continue that."
Woodward hit .412 with two errors on 17 swings, while Schillinger hit at a .222 clip, registering three errors in 22 attempts.
George Washington (9-8 overall), however, had a better hitting night as a team. The Colonials committed just eight errors against 45 kills. They hit .520 in the first set and .467 in the final.
Hannah Stuart led all players with 13 kills on 23 swings without an error, for a .565 hitting percentage.
After struggling with their passing in the first set - the Greyhounds had four ball-handling errors and three receiving errors - Loyola began to play better defense.
Putting together a good serve-receive effort in the third set, Loyola went on a 6-2 run to take a 12-8 lead on a Schillinger kill.
George Washington put together two points in a row, but the Colonials could not draw nearer than 12-10.
Loyola extended its advantage to four, 18-14, on a George Washington ball-handling error, but the Colonials closed the gap to one, 19-18, on a Loyola attack error.
A George Washington serve went long, and Loyola led by two, but the Colonials quickly tied it up at 20-20 on a Greyhounds ball-handling error.
The Colonials scored five of the last six points to close out the match.
Loyola returns to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action this weekend when it travels to the Buffalo, N.Y., area for matches at Canisius and Niagara.