We have dove into Atlantic 10 conference play around these parts and VCU is swimming with the waves nicely. Multiple teams are battling with the current alongside other schools for 1st place. For the week of October 1, 2018, the Black & Gold will have another busy week in the A-10 so make sure your floaties are on deck.
VCU Women’s Soccer: A-10 Dark Horse Wants Gold
Matches are rolling well for VCU Women’s Soccer while riding a 6⃣ match winning streak. After a 4-0 shellacking at Dayton, the Rams had an off-game at home versus Duquesne. VCU mustered up enough to force overtime and CiCi Fox headed in the winner in double overtime to win it 2-1.
Women’s soccer in the Atlantic 10 is being dominated by four teams. Saint Louis, UMass, VCU and UMass remain perfect at 4-0 and 12 points each. The dark horse as the Rams have shaken things up in conference play and looks to do more of that this week.
Playing good and feeling good is VCU at 9-2 overall. Samantha Jerabek leads the Black & Gold onslaught with 8 goals (2nd place) and 19 points (leads A-10). Audrey Sanderson is among the top five A-10 goalkeepers in goals against with 9. VCU is clicking on the pitch and even with a flat game the Rams still managed to take all 3 points.
A new week of competition starts with defending Sports Backers Stadium against a struggling Davidson (0-4, A10) that lost their last 8 matches. Ouch. Following that match is a trip to Saint Joseph’s (2-2, A10).⚽️
Thursday, October 4th: VCU vs. Davidson (7 PM, Sports Backers Stadium)
Sunday, October 7th: VCU at Saint Joseph’s (1 PM)
VCU Field Hockey: Getting Crowded At The Top
Last Friday was a clash of A-10 unbeaten teams at Saint Francis (PA). The game went into overtime and was won thanks to the heroics of VCU’s Maite Sturm scoring the game-winner in the 76th minute. Bucknell got the best of the Rams by snapping VCU’s 5 game winning streak in Lewisburg with a 3-2 victory for the Bison.
VCU sits at 6-4 overall and 3-0 in the A-10. #16 Saint Joseph’s and VCU are tied for 1st place in the Atlantic with UMass alone in 3rd place at 3-1. Emily McNamara and Sasha Elliot are representing the Black & Gold in full swing as league leaders. McNamara leads in goals (17), points (37) and shots (60). Elliott is third best in goals against (18) and goals against average (1.68).
Two matches on the Docket this week for VCU Field Hockey. The Rams have an early AM game versus Rider at Cary Street Field. VCU takes the field once again on Sunday in A-10 play versus third-place UMass. 🏑
Wednesday, October 3rd: VCU vs. Rider (11 AM, Cary Street Field)
Sunday, October 7th: VCU vs. UMass (1 PM, Cary Street Field)
VCU Men’s Soccer: A Road Refresher
The previous week started off damp then ended up sunny in Philadelphia. After a disappointing 4-3 result versus Akron at home, VCU got right back on the winning side of things with a 2-0 win at La Salle in their A-10 opener.
In Philly, VCU showcased mental toughness at one of the conference’s toughest environments to get a result according to head coach Dave Giffard. Siad Haji scored his third goal of the season and Fortia Munts found his first of the year in the 2-0 win.
Three points earned and a 1-0 record has VCU on the right side of the Atlantic 10 table. Fordham, VCU and Saint Bonaventure are in a 3-way tie for first place. With four teams behind them with a point, each team is looking to collect more points for some breathing room.
Sports Backers Stadium is the venue for VCU Men’s Soccer this week. The Rams host a struggling UMass (0-1-0, A10) squad on a 2 match losing skid followed by Duquesne (0-0-1, A10) for some Saturday Night Futbol. ⚽️
Wednesday, October 3rd: VCU vs. UMass (7 PM, Sports Backers Stadium)
Saturday, October 6th: VCU vs. Duquesne (7 PM, Sports Backers Stadium)
VCU Volleyball: Defending the Crown Nicely
A 5⃣ match winning streak for VCU Volleyball has the Rams hanging 10 in sole possession of the A-10 throne.🥇 The Rams dominated Saint Louis in the Show-Me State with a 3-0 sweep that featured 11 service aces. Following that was an A-10 Championship rematch at Dayton where VCU snapped the Flyers 34-match home streak with a 3-1 victory.
Everything is going good…wait…great for the Black & Gold. Along with winning 20 straight matches against A-10 opponents, VCU remains perfect at 4-0 in conference play with a game in hand over Dayton. VCU Volleyball sits at 9-7 overall.
Multiple Rams are putting in work during conference play. Jasmin Sneed (.360) and Tori Baldwin (.347) are in the top 3 for hitting percentage. Sneed leads the conference in blocks per set with 1.58 and Julia Adler rounds the top 5 with 1.06. Vicky Giommarini is averaging 0.44 aces per set which puts her at the top of the pack. As a team, VCU has the 2nd most kills with 205 and leads the A-10 in service aces (29) and points per set (18.7)
Only one match for VCU Volleyball this week and it’s at Davidson. The Wildcats are on a 3 match losing streak and tied for last place in the Atlantic 10 at 1-3. In short, VCU hits the road as the heavy favorite on Saturday. 🏐
Saturday, October 6th:VCU at Davidson (6 PM)
Good luck to our Rams this week as the Atlantic 10 starts coming in heavy on conference play. Shoutout to VCU racking up 5⃣ Atlantic 10 weekly awards last week across the board. Extra bonus to VCU Basketball Alum turned Indianapolis Colt Mo Alie-Cox making his NFL debut and catching a pass for 17 yards! #MoSaysTD 🏈 in the future? We hope so.