Volleyball Comes Back To Edge Rhode Island, 3-2
Momentum Shifts as Hokom Pounds 23 Kills in Victory
Oct. 4, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington volleyball team needed a few breaks and some vocal fan support to come back from a two-games-to-none deficit and pull out a victory over visiting Rhode Island Saturday night in a five-game thriller at Smith Center. GW won the match 20-30, 28-30, 30-28, 30-24, 15-12 in a two-hour, 25-minute marathon.
On a night when the Colonials were clearly not on top of their game, GW needed every break they could muster to keep their three-match win streak intact.
After the Rams had the upper hand in the first two games, game three was much closer from beginning to end with neither team gaining more than a three-point advantage. With the game tied at 28-28, GW got consecutive kills from freshman Juliene McLaughlin and junior Katie Downey to capture the victory and give GW new life.
After hitting .056, .048 and .038 in the first three games, the Colonials took charge in game four with a 10-4 lead and maintained a comfortable cushion en route to the 30-24 victory and a fifth game. GW hit .395 in the fourth game and seemed to have overcome it's early-match malaise.
Game five was a nailbiter as the teams traded leads leading up to a deadlock at 12-12. GW freshman Kelly Kabbes then slammed a kill to put GW up 13-12 followed by a Sarah Hokom kill for a 14-12 GW advantage. Finally, GW senior Lauren Dunning's serve to the back right corner landed untouched for the ace that ended the match.
GW won its fourth straight match and handed the Rams their first A-10 defeat of the season. Rhode Island (7-11, 2-1 A-10) was led by freshman Atlee Hubbard's 20 kills while teammate Kaleena Miller led all players with 25 digs.
GW (14-2, 3-0 A-10) hosts Dayton Friday and Xavier Saturday at Smith Center. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.