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Jones Shines on Senior Day: VCU 3-2 Fordham

Jones Shines on Senior Day: VCU 3-2 Fordham

Senior Day at Siegel Center featured a gutsy 3-2 victory for VCU over Fordham. VCU seniors Samantha Blaze, Uzoamaka Ibeh, Kalah Jones and Kaitlyn LaMantia were overjoyed Saturday afternoon after VCU finished off Fordham in 5 sets. Jones shined on her big day leading the Black & Gold with 16 kills.

VCU cruised in Set 1 over Fordham 25-7. An early five point rally energized the Black & Gold as they were in complete control for the remainder of the set. Freshmen Tori Baldwin and Sahara McLetchie had three kills each in the opening set.

Set 2 could have gone either way but VCU prevailed winning 25-16. Senior Kalah Jones had a great set with a couple kills along with an ace. Baldwin and Jones were a great unit on defense racking up three blocks including the set winner to increase VCU’s lead to 2-0.

Fordham bounced back after halftime in Set 3 with a 26-28 win. VCU fell victim to four straight aces from Fordham and an early deficit. Freshman Julia Adler along with McLetchie mustered up a late rally for VCU to force a tie breaker. Fordham quickly finished off VCU with a kill from Freshman Breanna Jones.

Senior Day almost turned into a nightmare in Set 4 as Fordham wins 25-19. An early six point rally for Fordham put them in the driver’s seat. Adler and Baldwin lead VCU towards drawing level in Set 4 with a couple of crucial kills. Fordham took advantage of VCU’s errors to force a deciding 5th set.

The trio of sophomore Jane Feddersen, Jones and McLetchie took charge in the 5th set to give VCU a 15-11 win and the match. McLetchie had 11 kills and Adler, Baldwin and Feddersen had 10 kills each.

Next up for VCU Volleyball is an Atlantic 10 match vs. Rhode Island in their last match of the season. The match is set for Sunday, November 15th at 1 PM at the Siegle Center.

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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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