Volleyball Completes Season Sweep of Duquesne, 3-0
Lazzari, Hokom Power Colonials; Dunning Returns
Oct. 25, 2003
PITTSBURGH, PA - The GW Volleyball team completed the season sweep of Duquesne with a 30-24, 30-27, 30-24 victory in an Atlantic 10 match Saturday night Pittsburgh. GW seniors Ruth Lazzari (15 kills, 11 digs) and Sarah Hokom (14 kills, 14 digs) and each posted a double-double as the Colonials improved to 18-5, 6-2 in the Atlantic 10. The Colonials defeated the Dukes on Sept. 27 in Washington.
GW senior setter Lauren Dunning played all three games and assisted on 40 of the Colonials' 50 kills in her first action after injuring her wrist at La Salle last Saturday. She sat out GW's 3-0 victory over George Mason Tuesday and Friday's 3-0 loss at Robert Morris. GW needed just one hour, 31 minutes to earn its 26th victory in 30 meetings with Duquesne.
George Washington took a commanding 19-10 lead in game one before the Dukes inched their way to within six at 14-20 and then again to a 24-28 deficit on back-to-back kills from Hopkins. But the Colonials scored the next two points for the 30-24 victory.
Game two followed suit with GW holding a 16-10 lead on six-straight kills. Duquesne held strong and cut the lead to 20-17 as they took advantage of solid hitting and some Colonials' errors. DU tied the contest at 23-23 serving for five straight points and the contest would be tied again at 24 and 25, but GW held onto the lead for a 30-27 win.
Game three was tied 5-5 early in the match and remained close with GW clinging to an 11-10 lead. The Colonials upped their lead to 15-11, but Duquesne out-scored GW 10-8 to get within a 22-20. George Washington went ahead 27-23 and took the 30-24 decision on two kills and an ace.
Duquesne (10-14, 2-4 A-10) was led by Stephanie Hopkins with 10 kills while teammates Avery Dunn and Ashley Macko added 12 digs each.
The Colonials combined to hit .172 (56-29-157) as a team compared to .129 (36-19-132) for Duquesne. The Colonials scored five points on service aces but gave away nine points on service errors while the Dukes had no aces and eight service errors.
GW (18-5, 6-2 A-10) travels to Rhode Island next Friday Oct. 31 for a 7 pm Halloween match followed by a match at Fordham Saturday.