FAIRFAX, Va. – Senior Jessica Ojukwu (Sao Paulo, Brazil) provided 15 kills, but Virginia Commonwealth University was victimized by the hot hand of George Mason's Lana Zonjic in a 3-1 (25-19, 25-22, 18-25, 25-19) loss Friday night at the Recreation and Athletic Facility.
Ojukwu enjoyed one of finest nights of the season for VCU, hitting .302 with just two errors in 43 swings. However, Zonjic was a one-woman wrecking crew for George Mason.
Zonjic blasted a match-high 23 kills on 38 attempts. She committed just one error for a hitting percentage of .579. The rest of the Patriots combined to hit .200. Zonjic also provided nine digs and two blocks for the Mason.
The Rams hit .192 and were plagued by 22 hitting errors. The two teams were nearly equal in most other statistical categories, including digs (VCU, 68-67) and service aces (Mason, 4-3).
Also for VCU, freshman Cecilia Aragao (Recife, Brazil) handed out 43 assists, as well as 13 digs and two blocks. Five Rams registered double-digit digs, including senior Amanda Friday (Springfield, Va.), who dug 13. Friday also supplied two service aces. Junior middle blocker Jasmine Waters (Landover, Md.) hit .463 with six kills.
Tori Price added 32 assists, 17 digs and seven kills for George Mason.
VCU returns to the court on Saturday, Sept. 24 when it meets James Madison at 7 p.m. in Harrisonburg, Va. in CAA action.