Volleyball Falls to Dayton, 3-1
Oct. 10, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington volleyball team tried to follow a familiar pattern in its match with Dayton Friday but came up short and dropped a 3-1 decision to the visiting Flyers by the scores 30-28, 30-26, 28-30, 30-18. GW fell behind two-games-to-none before getting on track to win game three but Dayton was too strong in the fourth game and saddled the Colonials with their first A-10 loss of the season.
Game one was played close with five ties and although Dayton never trailed, the Flyers never led by more than four points. After GW closed to within one at 27-26, consecutive kills by Dayton freshman Faye Barhorst sandwiched around a UD service error and a kill by GW freshman Juliene McLaughlin made it 29-28, Dayton. UD's Erin Treadway then put the ball away for the game-one victory.
Dayton controlled much of game two as well but the Colonials stayed close and tied the game at 26-26 on a kill by senior Laura Harrison. The Colonials fell apart at the end commiting two costly hitting errors and mishadling a serve from UD's Kelly Scott to fall, 30-26.
After the 10-minute break, GW played with more intensity in game three but still could not pull away from the pesky Flyers. GW senior Ruth Lazzari carried GW to a 30-28 victory as she hit .550 with 12 kills in 20 attacks with just one error. Lazzari finished with a match-high 21 kills. Combined with her 15 digs, Lazzari posted her eighth double-double of the season.
GW ran out of gas in the fourth game. After leading Dayton early at 5-4, the Flyers responded with a 6-0 run to open a 10-5 lead and closed out the match on a 10-3 run.
Dayton (14-7, 3-0 A-10) was led by freshman Faye Barhorst's 14 kills while teammate Carrie Snider contributed 18 digs. Dayton's blocking was up to the task registering 16 total blocks compared to 10 blocks for GW.
GW got solid efforts from junior Katie Downey who hit .438 (9-2-16) for the match while GW libero Jessica Vesey led all players with 23 digs. Senior Sarah Hokom added 12 kills in the two-hour, 10-minute match.
GW (14-3, 3-1 A-10) will try to rebound when it hosts Xavier Saturday in a 7 p.m. match at Smith Center.