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Bye Kitty Kitty: VCU Tames Davidson in A-10 Opener

Bye Kitty Kitty: VCU Tames Davidson in A-10 Opener

VCU opened up Atlantic 10 play inside the Siegel Center hosting Davidson on Saturday afternoon. The Rams looked to start off conference play on the winning side of the results while the Wildcats were hoping to bounce back after three consecutive defeats.  But the Rams waived goodbye kitty following a 3-1 victory over the Wildcats.

The Wildcats brought it to the Rams in the opening set. Davidson mustered up an early 9-3 lead over VCU as the Rams played catch-up. Julia Adler and Vicky Giommarini led the comeback offensively for the Black & Gold decreasing the deficit. A few key attack errors late for VCU gave Davidson a chance to close it out.  Kathrine Franz secured the 1st set 25-22 for the Wildcats off the closing kill.

In the second set VCU and Davidson were involved in a defensive war. Blocks aplenty for both squads as the lead constantly switched sides in the opening points. VCU’s attacking trio of Adler, Giommarini and Sahbria McLetchie emerged during a dangerous time trailing 24-21. The Rams were able to score a few kills and a pair of attacking errors for Davidson gave VCU the 26-24 win in Set 2.

VCU was in the groove at the Siegel Center after half-time for Set 3. Adler continued adding to her kill count with 12 on the day while Jasmin Sneed collected an additional six. Sneed was also involved in team blocks with Tori Baldwin who is improving post-injury racking up eight blocks and six kills. The Rams secured a 25-20 win in Set 3 to take a 2-1 set lead.

Momentum remained with the Rams in the final set. Giommarini continued good play leading VCU with 13 kills. Rebekah Strange continued her digging specialty with 25 digs on the day as the Rams cruised to a 25-18 victory in Set 4.

A good start to Atlantic 10 play for VCU as the Rams collect their first conference win and improve to 9-7 on the season. Next up for the Rams is a road trip on Tuesday, September 27th at Maryland-Eastern Shore with a 6 PM start.

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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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