Volleyball Upended by Rutgers, 3-1, at GW Invitational
Colonials' Win Streak Snapped at Five, Lazzari Named MVP
Sept. 7, 2002
WASHINGTON, DC - Juniors Sarah Hokom (Caldwell, ID/Caldwell) and Ruth Lazzari (Seal Beach, CA/Connelly) each posted double-double figures in kills and digs but it wasn't enough to overcome the balanced attack of visiting Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights won the title match 30-32, 30-21, 30-26, 30-24 Saturday night at Smith Center. The loss dropped GW to 5-2 and ended the Colonials' five-match winning streak.
Hokom posted a team-high 15 kills with 17 digs while Lazzari recorded 11 kills and a team-high 26 digs. Freshman Shannon Parks (Marietta, GA/Walton) served eight aces to keep the Colonials close. Her eight service aces against Rutgers Saturday broke the GW record for most aces in a four-game match. The previous record was set 12 years ago in 1990 when Allison O'Neill served six aces also against Rutgers.
Rutgers' Shayla Bush was impressive with a rare 20-20 (21 kills, 29 digs) and was named to the all-tournament team.
The Scarlet Knights outhit the Colonials .233 to .092 and amassed 66 kills compared to 50 for GW. GW had a season-high 96 digs with four Colonials in double-figure digs.
The All-Tournament Team, as selected by the five participating head coaches, consisted of Morgan State's Tiffany Oliver, GW's Hokom and Lauren Dunning, Rutgers' Bush, Lauren Venarchik and Sandra Nunner.
GW travels to Boise, ID, for the Boise State Invitational where it faces Utah, Eastern Washington and the host Broncos, Friday and Saturday.
GW Volleyball Invitational Final Standings:
1. Rutgers (4-0)
2. George Washington (3-1)
3. (tie) Liberty ( 1-2)
5. Morgan State (0-4)
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