George Washington University will try to avenge a regular-season loss to Navy when the two meet in a first-round match today in the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women small-college volleyball regionals in Binghamton, N.Y.
The Colonials, who finished the regular season with a 25-8 record, are seeded only under East Stroudsburg in the 15-team regional. Navy is ranked 10th.
After the 10 a.m. match against Navy, the Colonials play Yale at noon and Salisbury State at 2:30 p.m. to finish out the round robin.
If GW wins two of its matches, it will advance into double-elimination play beginning Friday night and lasting through the finals Saturday evening. The top two finishers will advance to the AIAW small-college nationals next month.
"Winning our first two matches against Navy and Yale will be vital," said Maureen Frederick, GW's first-year coach. "I fell this momentum and our ability to believe in ourselves will carry us through the tournament."
All of the Colonial players are healthy for the gruelling tournament - a plus since there are only eight players and the tallest is 5-foot-8. But Frederick believes mental attitude is more important than overwhelming size.
Maryland-Baltimore County, seeded 11th and Princeton, both of whom have beaten the Colonials this season, also are in the tournament.