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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