Something had to give at the Siegel Center. VCU and Dayton were both riding winning streaks when they met in a top table Atlantic 10 Volleyball clash Friday night inside the Animal.
Siegel Center was rocking both on and off the court in Set 1. VCU and Dayton came out firing on all cylinders in front of a pumped up crowd. Julia Adler was in good form with 11 kills versus Dayton alongside Tori Baldwin motivating VCU with her blocks and words. The Flyers were able to get into a groove late while the Rams continued battling. A few more kills from Jasmin Sneed and Gina Tuzzolo were scored but it wasn’t enough as Dayton took Set 1 25-21.
In Set 2 Dayton dominated while VCU looked for answers. After a few trades in the opening points, Dayton came out firing and collected a 15-9 lead. VCU was stuck in defensive mode trying to muster up points but Dayton was not having any of it. Baldwin tried regrouping the Rams while Adler was able to score another kill; however, Set 2 was all Dayton. The Flyers soared up 2-0 with a 25-19 win in Set 2 as halftime approached.
With their backs against the wall, VCU started off Set 3 in good form. The Rams energy overall was at high levels along with their communication and formation as a unit. Baldwin and Tuzzolo collected points off a pair of blocks that had VCU believing once more. Rebekah Strange was tested by Dayton and came out of this match leading VCU with 17 digs. Alicia Kandler was killing it at the net with 11 kills on the night as a fired up Ram squad won Set 3 25-22.
In Set 4 both teams gave everything leaving it all on the court. Heavy legs started settling in and became a factor towards determiningng a winner. Dayton took control early while VCU played catch-up towards drawing level. The Rams were unable to get to the promised land as Dayton clinched the match with a 25-21 win in Set 4.
Dayton improved to 6-0 in Atlantic 10 play on the season and increased their current winning streak to eight consecutive matches. VCU’s three-match winning streak was snapped as the Rams fell to 3-2 in A-10 play.
VCU looks to bounce back against Saint Louis on Sunday, October 16th at the Siegel Center in their next Atlantic 10 match. Ramtime is set for a 12 Noon start.
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