Volleyball Downs Decimated Patriots, 3-0
Oct. 21, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington volleyball team got a big lift from a pair of freshmen and defeated George Mason, 30-20, 30-20, 35-33, Tuesday in a nonconference match marked by absences to key players on both teams. Prior injuries to Colonials senior setter Lauren Dunning and several GMU players, including senior Aline Pereira, put a damper on what appeared to be a close match-up on paper. This was the second meeting of the season between the local rivals who squared off in the season opener Aug. 29 when GW narrowly defeated GMU, 3-2, in Fairfax.
GW freshman setter Kaimana Lee, playing in place of the injured Dunning, turned in an admirable performance by assisting on 46 of GW's 63 kills and contributed 12 digs for the first double-double of her career.
Another Colonial freshman, outside hitter Juliene McLaughlin, posted her career-high 18 kills with 13 digs and hit .220 for the match.
The Colonials breezed to 10-point victories in each of the first two games before running into trouble in game three. The third game featured 19 ties and neither team gained more than a three-point advantage.
With the score knotted at 30-30, GW committed an attack error to fall behind by one before a Sarah Hokom kill tied the game at 31-31. Mason's Marie Skelton answered with a kill for a 32-21 GMU advantage before a McLaughlin kill tied the game again at 32-32. Again, GMU went in front on a kill by Niki Bernardes but Hokom responded with a kill to tie the game at 33-33. The Patriots then committed a hitting error and GW's Ruth Lazzari ended the match with her 16th kill of the evening.
Hokom hit a sparkling .433 with 16 kills in 30 swings while committing just three errors. Junior Katie Downey had another efficient outing with eight kills in 17 attempts while committing just one error for a .412 percentage.
George Mason (9-10, 5-2 CAA) was led by Natalia Porosa's 12 kills while Bernardes and Zulma Rojas added 13 digs each.
GW hit .324 (63-18-139) as a team compared to .161 (41-19-137) for the Patriots. The Colonials' defense also tallied nine total blocks, including a pair of solo blocks by Lee, to two blocks for GMU.
GW (17-4, 5-2 A-10) travels to Pittsburgh Friday to play Robert Morris in a 7 p.m. match. The Colonials remain in steel town to take on Duquesne Saturday at 7 p.m. GW defeated the Dukes, 3-0, on Sept. 27 in Washington.