Volleyball Sweeps La Salle, 3-0
Vernand's 15-Kill, 10-Dig Double-Double Propels Colonials
Nov. 9, 2002
PHILADELPHIA, PA - The GW volleyball team bounced back from Friday's defeat at Temple with a 30-27, 30-16, 30-25 sweep of La Salle Saturday at Tom Gola Arena. The victory put a damper on La Salle's Senior Night as Explorer seniors Caitlin Keefe and Molly Thatcher played their final home match in a La Salle uniform. GW improved to 16-11 overall and 7-5 in conference play while the Explorers dropped to 10-21 overall and 0-12 in the Atlantic 10.
The Explorers jumped out to a 4-0 advantage in game one before the Colonials caught up to tie the game at 6-6. Keeping the game close for a bit longer, the Colonials eventually took a five-point lead at 18-13. La Salle was not ready to give up and put their heart into the game to rally back to close the gap to one at 27-26, but in the end, George Washington took the next three points to win the game, 30-27.
In game two, the Colonials mounted an 8-1 lead forcing La Salle to call timeout. The Colonials went up by nine points at 11-2 and the lead continued to grow to as much as 15 points at 26-11 and 29-14 before taking a 2-0 advantage into game three.
Game three started out much the same way as game one, with La Salle taking a 5-0 lead and looking to extend the match. The Explorers kept the lead until George Washington knotted the score at 10-10. The teams traded points before George Washington took its first lead of the game at 14-13. La Salle called a timeout at 17-14, but after the break, the Colonials went on a roll to take a nine-point lead at 26-17. Just one point away from winning the match, the Colonials relaxed and allowed La Salle to run off five straight points to make the score 29-25. George Washington earned the next point and finished the match with a 30-25 win.
George Washington freshman Lindsey Vernand (Huntington Beach, CA/Huntington Beach) led all players with 15 kills, while junior Sarah Hokom (Caldwell, ID/Caldwell) notched 13 kills. On defense, junior Ruth Lazzari (Seal Beach, CA/Connelly) led the Colonials in digs with 11, and Vernand and Hokom added 10 each.
Sophomore Lauren Woods led La Salle with nine kills, while Lindsey Viehmann dropped seven kills on the Colonials. Thatcher assisted on 24 of the Explorers' 29 kills. Sophomore Caitlin DeJong posted a match-high 18 digs and Keefe contributed 10 for La Salle. Also on defense, junior Bethany Pruetz recorded La Salle's lone solo block of the game and assisted of four blocks.
GW (16-11, 7-5 A-10) plays one final non-conference match at Maryland-Eastern Shore Monday before returning to Washington to close out the regular season with matches against Fordham Friday and Rhode Island Saturday.
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