Mason Sports Roundup

Posted: October 10, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Rebecca Walter
Rebecca Walter, CAA Volleyball Player of the Week
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Men’s and women’s soccer were in action this past weekend, along with the swimming and diving team and women’s volleyball team. Sophomore outside hitter Rebecca Walter was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week.

Men’s Soccer

After winning their Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener against UNC Wilmington on Friday, the Mason men’s soccer team was unable to find its rhythm on Sunday against Georgia State, falling to the Panthers by a final score of 3-0 at George Mason Stadium.

With the loss, the Patriots drop to 4-4-1 on the season, and 1-1-0 in conference matches.

Trailing 1-0, the Patriots had their best scoring opportunity in the 54th minute of play when senior Adam Lobene blasted a shot in front of the goal that appeared to be headed for the back of the net.

Sophomore Sean Kelley played the first half for Mason before being relieved by redshirt junior Jeremy Jessup, who made his first appearance of the 2007 season, playing the entire second half.

Mason hits the road for its next match, traveling to Newark, Del., on Friday, Oct. 12, to take on CAA foe Delaware at 7 p.m. at Delaware Mini-Stadium.

Swimming and Diving

The Mason swimming and diving program kicked off the 2007-08 season this weekend at the Potomac Relays hosted by American University, scoring first overall on the men’s side and second on the women’s team.

On the men’s side, the Patriots had a combined team score of 342, 18 ahead of the Georgetown Hoyas, who scored 324. Mary Washington (246) and George Washington (264) rounded out the field with third and fourth place finishes.

The women’s team nearly matched the men, earning 302 points, falling 32 shy of the first-place Navy Midshipmen. Mason finished ahead of George Washington (292), Georgetown (284), and Mary Washington (264).

Mason returns to the water on Friday when they travel to South Orange, N.J., to face Seton Hall.

Women’s Soccer

The Mason women’s soccer team was able to salvage its first CAA road trip of the year when the Patriots took a 2-1 win over Georgia State on Sunday to improve to 6-5-0 on the year, 2-2-0 in CAA play.

Georgia State (6-5-0, 1-3-0) jumped on the scoreboard just nine minutes into the match when Nathalie Carter went one-on-one with Mason goalkeeper Kasey Davenport and found an open spot in the right side of the net. Mason found Georgia State’s defense staunch over the remainder of the period.

Mason was able to find the equalizing goal 31 minutes into the second half as senior midfielder L.J. Williams’ shot ricocheted in off the crossbar to tie the match. For a while, it appeared as if overtime was in the cards, but Mason mounted an attack in the 85th minute and the result was a Georgia State defender deflecting in a Sasha Vido shot for a 2-1 Patriot lead. Leslie Cabe was credited with the assist.

For Vido, a sophomore, it was her first goal of the season. Davenport finished with two saves on three shots on goal.

Mason will return to action on Friday when the Patriots host Delaware at 7 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball

Senior libero Kristen Byler tied a career high with 25 digs and classmate Jaqueline Kohler led all scorers with 22 kills as the Mason women’s volleyball team survived a five-game showdown Sunday at Northeastern with a 3-2 win. Game scores were 30-24, 30-22, 21-30, 22-30, 15-11.

Mason (10-7, 3-2 CAA) won its third straight match for the first time in three seasons. Joining Kohler in double-figure kills were sophomores Rebecca Walter and Laura Turner, who chipped in 15 and 12, respectively. Freshman Fernanda Bartels registered a game-high 49 assists and notched a double-double with 11 digs, while junior Morgan Connell tied a career best with 14 digs.

Mason jumped out to the early two-game lead with a solid attack, but struggled in the third and fourth games as the Huskies earned a .244-to-.133 hitting percentage advantage as they knotted the contest up.

The Patriots regained their form in the fifth and deciding game, as they never trailed en route to the match victory. Jumping out to a 2-0 lead, Northeastern never allowed the deficit to grow past three points until match point at 14-10. After cutting the margin to 14-11, a Walter kill sealed the match with a kill on a feed from Bartels.

After helping lead team to two crucial conference road victories this past weekend, sophomore outside hitter Walter was recognized as the CAA Player of the Week for the first time.

Starting all 17 matches in 2007, Walter has reached double figures in kills in all but two this season, including a career- and team season-high 24 kills in the September victory against Lehigh. This weekend, Walter notched her fifth double-double of the year with 20 kills and 14 digs in the 3-1 victory at Hofstra, then followed with 15 kills and eight digs in Sunday’s five-game win at Northeastern.

In her second season with the Patriots, the Monbulk, Victoria, Australia native has established herself as one of the top offensive threats in the CAA. With 250 kills this season, Walter is second on the Patriots, trailing senior Kohler by just one. Additionally, her attack percentage of .235 is highest among the Patriots’ starters, while she is ranked third in digs (135) and assists (28), fourth in aces (19), and sixth in total blocks (28).

The Patriots will look to continue their winning ways on Friday when they host James Madison. The match is set for 7 p.m. at the Recreation Sports Complex (Field House). Tickets, which are $5 for adults and $2 for youth and senior citizens, are available on the day of the event. Students are free with a Mason ID.

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