Hokom Smokem! Volleyball Defeats Dayton, 3-1
Nov. 22, 2002
CINCINNATI, OH - GW's Sarah Hokom (Caldwell, ID/Caldwell) did what she has done all season as the offensive "go-to" player for the Colonials. The junior co-captain pounded a match-high 25 kills to power third-seeded GW past second-seeded Dayton, 29-31, 30-19, 30-24, 30-19, in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament opening round at Xavier University's Cintas Center Friday night. GW advances to Saturday's title match against arch-nemesis Temple which advanced earlier Friday by defeating host Xavier, 3-1.
Hokom hit .383 (25-7-47) and equalled her career-high in kills to go with 10 digs and a pair of block assists. GW was in control throughout much of the match. They led thoughout most of game one before squandering a late lead and eventually succumbed 31-29. GW's all-conference hitter Ruth Lazzari (Seal Beach, CA/Connelly) led the Colonials' defense with a match-high 22 digs to go with an outstanding hitting effort of .353 (13-1-34).
After splitting the first two games, the Flyers took charge midway through the third game, leading 20-16.GW fought back, however, with kills from Hokom, Vernand and Lazzari.Three straight kills by Vernand capped the game at 30-24, GW.
In the fourth game, the two teams were tied at 13-13 when two Dayton attack errors put GW up 15-13.Dayton struggled the rest of the game to keep up, and a service error by UD sealed the game for George Washington at 30-19 and put the Colonials in the Championship. Dayton blocked a total of 10 GW attacks (two solo, 16 assisted).
Dayton's Susan Westbrock led the Flyers with 20 kills and teammate Erin Treadway registered 19 kills and 19 digs.
Dayton (22-7) hit .185 (58-25-178) as a team compared to .235 (66-27-166) for GW. GW and Dayton split the regular-season series. The Flyers now look forward to a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
GW (19-12, 8-6 A-10) has lost its last nine meetings with Temple dating back to the 1998 season. The Colonials are, however, working on a remarkable turnaround from a 6-18 record last season.