Women’s Volleyball Gets Back on Winning Track with Victory over UNC Wilmington

Posted: October 23, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s women’s volleyball team snapped their seven-match losing streak with a 3-1 (23-30, 32-30, 30-26, 30-21) win over the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Seahawks on Sunday afternoon at Hanover Hall in Wilmington, N.C.

The Patriots, who improve to 6-13 overall and 3-10 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) matches, had lost seven consecutive matches since their last victory, a 3-1 win over defending CAA Champion Virginia Commonwealth University.

After a 30-23 loss in the first game, the Patriots were dangerously close to falling behind 2-0 in the match, facing game point at 29-27 in the second game.

Mason rallied back, winning the next three points to take a 30-29 lead, before UNC Wilmington put an end to the run with a kill by senior outside hitter Liz Mitchell to tie the score at 30. The Patriots broke the tie on freshman outside hitter Rebecca Walter’s kill, then closed out the game with a double block by sophomore middle blocker Jourdan Dozier and freshman setter Katie Corcoran to tie the match at one game apiece.

After the thrilling second game, Mason went on to take the next two games by scores of 30-26 and 30-21 to close out the match.

George Mason’s attack, which posted its second-best team hitting percentage of the season with a mark of .259, was led by the trio of Walter, junior outside hitter Jaqueline Kohler and senior middle blocker Janelle Wilson. Walter finished with a match-high 19 kills and 10 digs, Kohler recorded 17 kills and a team-high 18 digs and Wilson had 14 kills on 24 swings for a hitting percentage of .458. Senior middle blocker Chantal Bodkin-Clarke had nine kills and seven blocks, while Corcoran set a career-high with 59 assists.

George Mason hits the road again next weekend, playing the College of William and Mary Tribe at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 in Williamsburg, Va.

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