Volleyball Edges Binghamton, 3-2
Aug. 31, 2002
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.