Volleyball Preview

George Mason University’s women’s volleyball team will be travelling to take on the Stony Brook Seadogs Virginia Cavaliers.

The Patriots’ first opponent in the Virginia Tournament is the Stony Brook Seawolves. Coach Deborah Matejka-DesLauriers has taken her team to the American East championship five times during her tenure as Seawolves coach.
The Patriots conclude the Virginia Tournament by playing the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers went 12-19 a year ago.

George Mason University’s women’s volleyball team defeated the Loyola Greyhounds in four sets on Sept. 8. The first set was a stalemate with twelve ties and four lead changes. The Patriots ended up winning by a score of 25-21. The Patriots won the second set by a more convincing 25-18. In the third set, the Greyhounds were temporarily able to fend off elimination by defeating the Patriots by a score of 25-22, but in the fourth set the Patriots bounced back for a 25-22 win. The win improved the Patriots record to 4-3 on the season and the Greyhounds fell to 4-4.

The win was a team effort for the Patriots. Senior middle blocker and opposite hitter Holly Goode led the Patriots with 15 points in the match. Goode also had a team high .244 shooting percentage. Senior setter Fernanda Bartels led the team with 39 assists. Sophomore middle blocker Danielle Cook led the team with six blocks for the match. Junior outside hitter Kelly McCarter also had a big game for the Patriots. Her 32 digs were two short of the school record set by Lynn Hord in 1998 against San Diego State. The Patriots travel to New Brunswick, N.J. this weekend for the Rutgers Invitational Tournament and will play the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs, the Princeton Tigers, and the hosts, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.