Volleyball's Season Ends With 3-0 Loss to American

Nov. 26, 2003

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WASHINGTON, DC - The GW volleyball team's season ended with a 3-0 loss to visiting American University Wednesday afternoon at Smith Center. AU won by the scores, 30-27, 30-23, 30-23 in a one-hour, 15-minute match. GW concludes the 2003 season with a final record of 21-11.

It marked the final college match for four GW seniors Lauren Dunning, Laura Harrison, Sarah Hokom and Ruth Lazzari. For the Colonials, whose NCAA Tournament hopes were dashed by a first-round loss to Dayton in the A-10 Tournament, there was some drama, however, Wednesday.

Lazzari, who entered the match needing just eight digs to become GW's all-time career leader, finished with seven digs to equal Suzana Manole's mark of 1,435. She had posted seven or fewer digs in only six of GW's 32 matches all season.

Her 1,131 kills ranks fourth on the school's career kills list, just 20 behind Hokom who concluded her career Wednesday with 1,151 kills and 1,072 digs, both figures rank among the top 10 on GW's career lists.

American's Karla Kucerkova led the Eagles with a match-high 19 kills while hitting .286 and teammate Jessica Tuthill added a match-high 17 digs.

American (22-9, 14-0 PL) hit .262 with 51 kills compared to .115 (44 kills) for GW. AU also out-blocked GW, 10-6, at the net. The Eagles won the Patriot League championship last week earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament beginning Dec. 4.

The Colonials, whose 10-0 start was the best in the program's 28-year history, lost five of their final seven matches including their last nine straight games.



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