The George Washington University: Women's Volleyball

Volleyball Edges Binghamton, 3-2

Junior Ruth Lazzari was the catalyst in GW's second straight victory Saturday over Binghamton.
 
Junior Ruth Lazzari was the catalyst in GW's second straight victory Saturday over Binghamton.
 

Aug. 31, 2002

Final Stats

COLLEGE PARK, MD - Junior Ruth Lazzari (Seal Beach, CA/Connelly) hit .265 with a match-high 21 kills to lead GW past Binghamton, 28-30, 30-18, 30-20, 27-30, 15-11, in a two-hour, six-minute match Saturday night in the Maryland Invitational. It was GW's second straight victory after disposing of UMBC earlier Saturday.

Junior Sarah Hokom (Caldwell, ID/Caldwell) added 18 kills and 16 digs and freshman Lindsey Vernand (Huntington Beach,CA/Huntington) posted a match-high 21 digs and a pair of service aces. Junior co-captain Lauren Dunning (Stockton, CA/St. Mary's) assisted on 56 of GW's 74 kills.

Binghamton (0-3) was led by sophomore Anne Crocus's 15 kills and Amanda Breitfeld's 20 digs.

GW squandered a 7-1 lead in game one and led 28-26 before surrendering four straight points. GW started game two in similar fashion racing out to a 7-2 lead but, unlike game one, maintained a comfortable margin throughout and coasted to the 30-18 victory. Game three was close through 18-17 before GW pulled away scoring 12 of the final 15 points for the win.

The Bearcats got the best of game four taking a lead at 23-22 and keeping the Colonial at arm's length before claiming a 30-27 win and forcing game five. The decisive game was knotted at 4 before GW took control at 10-5. Just when it appeared the Colonials would coast, Binghamton closed to 11-8 to make things interesting. Following a GW timeout, the Colonials pushed out to a 14-11 lead and a kill by Hokom ended the match. The Colonials improved to 2-1 and moved above the .500 mark for the first time since the 2000 season.

Junior co-captains Dunning and Hokom were named to the All-Tournament Team as GW finished second behind the host Terrapins.

GW next hosts the GW Invitational Friday-Saturday, Sept. 6-7 at Smith Center. GW will face Radford Friday at 1:00 p.m.

 

 

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