10-0! Volleyball Wins Record-Setting 10th Straight, Defeats Georgetown, 3-1

Sept. 16, 2003

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WASHINGTON, DC - The GW volleyball team won it's 10th straight match Tuesday and set a school record for fastest start in the process. The victory also snapped a five-year losing skid to crosstown rival Georgetown as the Colonials prevailed, 30-15, 30-28, 23-30, 30-25 in a two-hour match at GU's McDonough Gym. Ironically, the Hoyas are coached by former GW All-Conference great, Li Liu ('96).

GW senior Sarah Hokom paced the Colonials' attack with 10 kills while three other Colonials added eight kills each. The 10-0 start is the best in the 28-year history of the GW volleyball program.

After the Colonials breezed in game one, the Hoyas took a 16-12 lead in game two before GW scored seven unanswered points for a 21-20 lead. The teams traded points and were tied at 28-28 before a Hokom kill and a service ace by junior Katie Downey ended the game with a 30-28 squeaker. Following a 10-minute break Georgetown came out aggressive and took a commanding 11-4 lead in game three. GW got to within four at 21-17 before GU put the game away. It marked only the sixth game the Colonials have lost in 10 matches (30-6 games record).

Both teams traded leads in the decisive fourth game until Hokom served three consecutive aces to tie the game at 15-15 and give GW the momentum. The teams battled to a 22-22 tied before GW's advantage in experience began to show. A dink by Colonials' freshman Kelly Kabbes sparked a 4-0 run to put GW up 28-23. The match ended on a block assist by Downey and freshman setter Kaimana Lee.

All 14 Colonials played in the match with 10 different Colonials registering kills.

It marked the first victory over Georgetown in the four-year careers of GW seniors Ruth Lazzari, Lauren Dunning, Laura Harrison and Hokom.



Georgetown (3-8) was led by Sara Albert's 14 kills and Julie Grauert's 20 digs.

GW (10-0) puts its record-setting win streak on the line Friday in Columbia, SC, where they face No. 17 Santa Clara in the Gamecock Invitational. GW also will play South Carolina and Duke Saturday.

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