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Blocks Aplenty, VCU Volleyball Denies Fordham For Season Sweep #8

Blocks Aplenty, VCU Volleyball Denies Fordham For Season Sweep #8


VCU Volleyball continued their winning ways at Siegel Center Friday evening. In an Atlantic 10 Battle of the Rams versus Fordham, VCU displayed that the alpha ram was decked out in Black and Gold.

In the opening set, VCU dominated at the net and scoreboard. Defense ignited the Black and Gold thanks to blocks from Vicky Giommarini and Jasmin Sneed; VCU started the match winning the first six points. Julia Adler and Tori Baldwin joined in the blocking fun as Fordham struggled against VCU’s blockade.  Fordham added a handful of attacking errors and VCU made it look easy with a 25-9 win to go up 1-0.

Things were more contested in set 2. Fordham was able to shake off a poor opening set and put up a better fight against VCU. Adler and Sneed continued racking up VCU’s blocking total while starting to collect kills. Madalon Simpson provided VCU more breathing room with back to back aces and put the Rams up 10 points. Fordham was able to muster up a late offense skirmish but it was not enough; VCU collected a 25-17 win to double their lead at half-time.

Set 3 was a true battle between the Rams until the end. Adler led the way for VCU with seven kills on the night and Kandler added six more. The blocking continued for the Black and Gold with 33 total blocks with Sneed denying Fordham 12 times. Simpson tallied 17 digs in this game as VCU inched closer to victory at 13-24. With Fordham’s back against the wall, the visiting Rams were able to score eight consecutive points to keep hope alive. Giommarini killed Fordham’s dreams of a comeback with the game winner to solidify the 25-21 win in Set 3 for VCU.

VCU Volleyball is on a winning streak and now has four consecutive victories for the Black and Gold. This was the Rams eighth 3-0 sweep of the season; VCU improves to 17-10 on the season and 7-3 in Atlantic 10 play.

VCU Volleyball celebrates Senior Day in their final home match at Siegel Center on Sunday, October 30th versus Rhode Island. That Atlantic 10 duel is scheduled at 1 PM.

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Mark graduated from VCU in 2014 with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. He started as a fan of the Black & Gold in the stands his freshman year. Mark was known as "Kazie" for his charismatic fandom with the VCU's student organization the Rowdy Rams. While at VCU he gained experience in sports media with WVCW on a sports radio show called Rowdy Radio. Following graduation, Mark continued crafting his social media skills with the Richmond Kickers while also handling VCU coverage. He is a true fan of the Rams and vocally passionate on and off camera. After the final whistle, you can probably find him at local RVA bar or brewery enjoying a drink and conversation.

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