The GW volleyball team got a confidence-booster going into the final weekend of the regular season Monday night with a non-conference win on the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Senior Night. The 3-0 win marked the second consecutive Senior Night spoiler for the Colonials, who also swept LaSalle Saturday.
The victory gave the Colonials their second win in a row, putting them on the right track for a spot in the Atlantic 10 tournament Nov.22-24.
Temple (22-5, 12-0 A-10) and Dayton (21-5, 10-2) have already shored up tourney berths, holding the number one and two spots in the A-10 rankings, respectively. The top four teams in the standings advance to the A-10s, leaving GW (17-11, 7-5), Rhode Island (14-13, 6-6) and Xavier (14-13, 5-7) to fight for the two remaining spots. GW is currently in third with two conference games remaining against Fordham and Rhode Island at home this weekend.
GW took three straight games Monday, 30-22, 30-19 and 30-17, never letting the Hawks (19-14, 8-2) come within five points of a victory. Freshman Lindsey Vernand and junior co-captain Sarah Hokom continued to pace the Colonials with 10 kills apiece.
Hokom was solid on defense as well, recording 11 digs for the double double. Junior Ruth Lazzari also led the Colonials with a team-high 16 digs as GW used a strong defensive performance to compensate for its lacking offense.
Neither team hit well Monday. The Colonials’ hitting percentage of .120 was better than the Hawks’ woeful .017, but GW still committed 23 errors to go with 37 kills. Junior co-captain setter Lauren Dunning assisted on all but two of those kills.