Women’s Volleyball Conference Home Opener Is Tonight

Posted: September 15, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Chantal Bodkin-Clarke
Chantal Bodkin-Clarke
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After losing their first two conference matches on the road last weekend, George Mason’s women’s volleyball team (3-5, 0-2 CAA) returns home to John Linn Memorial Gym in search of a conference victory.

The Patriots will face Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rivals University of North Carolina Wilmington (5-6, 0-2 CAA) tonight at 7 p.m. and Georgia State University (3-6, 1-1 CAA) on Saturday at 5 p.m.

The last time Mason played at home was during the Brion’s Grille Patriot Invitational Tournament on Sept. 1-2. The Patriots were crowned champions of the tournament, finishing with a 2-1 record in their only home matches of the season thus far.

Historically, George Mason has excelled in home matches, posting a 185-85 record over 22 seasons.

Both the Patriots and the Seahawks are on a three-match losing streak and are looking for their first conference victory of the season. UNCW has been dangerous with its serve throughout this season, ranking first in the conference and 29th in the nation in aces per game with an average of 2.41.

The Patriots are among the CAA leaders in blocks per game, ranking fourth in the conference with an average of 2.36. Senior middle blocker Chantal Bodkin-Clarke, who is majoring in biology and environmental science, has been a standout all season long, leading the team and ranking third in the conference with an average of 1.36 blocks per game.

Mason split the season series with UNCW last season, winning in three games at home, but falling in five games on the road. Despite last season’s loss, the Patriots hold a 29-9 record in the all-time series against the Seahawks.

The Patriots will finish up the weekend with a match against the Georgia State Panthers on Saturday. The Patriots dropped both matches against the Panthers last season, falling in three games in both meetings. Last year’s matches were the only two meetings in the all-time series between the two teams.

Tickets can be purchased at John Linn Memorial Gym the day of the match: $5 for adults and $2 for youth and senior citizens. Mason student tickets are free. At tonight’s game, Mason students receive a free Patriots travel mug while supplies last.

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