Sept. 5, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ruth Lazzari and Sarah Hokom proved to be too much for the Wildcats as George Washington posted a 3-0 win over Villanova in the opening round of the George Washington Invitational. The Colonials won by scores of 32-30, 30-20, 30-28. Lafayette defeated Coppin State, 3-0, in the other opening round match earlier Friday.
Lazzari and Hokom combined for 23 kills and 33 digs, and setter Lauren Dunning contributed 34 of the Colonials 40 assists in the one-hour, 40-minute match. GW freshman Kelly Kabbes continued to impress by hitting .467 with eight kills in 15 attacks while committing just one error.
The Colonials started fast in game one taking a 10-1 lead before Villanova closed the gap and tied the match at 24-24. GW then went in front 29-25 but could not close out the Wildcats as a kill by Katie Lanting tied the game at 30-30. A Lazzari kill followe by a Villanova attack error gave GW the victory, 32-30.
Game two was tied at 9-9 before GW took control and coasted to a 10-point victory. Game three was tight throughout with neither team leading by more than three points. A kill by Villanova's Dana Kabashima pulled the Wildcats to within 29-28 before Kabbes ended the match with an emphatic kill off a set by Dunning.
GW (4-0) hit .188 (49-20-154) as a team with 74 digs compared to .147 (46-24-150) and 73 digs by the Wildcats.
Villanova (0-4) returns to action on Saturday at the George Washington Classic with matches against Coppin State and Lafayette.