Volleyball Falls to George Washington, 3-1

Sept. 17, 2004

Box Score

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sophomore setter Erin Hickman (San Antonio, Texas) recorded her first career triple double with 33 assists, 13 kills and 12 digs but the Jacksonville University volleyball team could not get over the hump as the Dolphins fell to host George Washington, 3-1 (24-30, 29-31, 35-33, 23-30), Friday evening at the George Washington Invitational at the Charles E. Smith Center. JU fell to 0-5 on the year while the Colonials improved to 1-7. Hickman took over the primary setter role after lineup changes moved junior setter Erin Donivan (Sarasota/Cardinal Mooney) to libero and senior libero Kelly Ryals (Gainesville/Oak Hall) to outside hitter.

Hickman, who finished with a .379 hitting percentage (13-2-29) also tallied four blocks in the contest as JU won its first game of the season with a 35-33 thriller in game three. Sophomore outside hitter Eva Stoilova (Sofia, Bulgaria) led the squad with a match-high 14 kills while senior Candice Rose (Mechanicsville, Md.) registered her first double-double of the season with 15 digs and 13 kills. Junior middle hitter Danielle Neville added a match-high eight blocks in the contest.

Juliene McLaughlin led the Colonial with a match-high 25 kills and 12 digs while Kaimana Lee dished out 58 assists to spark the offense. Jessica Vesey also added a match-high 28 digs.

In game one, GW took a 4-1 lead before JU rallied to tie the score at 8-8 after a kill by Ryals. The Colonials went on an 8-2 run to make it 16-10 until an attack error by Molly Law brought the Dolphins to within three (19-16). GW used a 7-2 run to take control and seal the first set.

In game two, both teams went back-and-forth early until GW used a 5-0 run to take a 12-5 advantage. JU crept their way back into the game after a 5-2 run but the Colonials used a late push from a 3-0 run to squeak out a 31-29 win.

In game three, GW jumped out to an early 10-6 lead before JU finally trimmed the deficit to 27-26 after a bad set by Lee. The Dolphins took their first lead of the contest (31-30) after kill by Stoilova, who finished the game with six. The Colonials evened the score at 33-33 but attack errors by Kelly Kabbes and McLaughlin gave JU its first game of the 2004 season.

In the final set, both teams played even (11-11) until GW used a 5-0 run to take a 25-16 lead. The Dolphins got no closer than 28-21 as the Colonials sealed the match for their first win of the season.

JU will complete the final day of the George Washington Invitational against Akron on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. before completing the weekend against Binghamton at 3 p.m.