VCU came up short against Atlantic 10 leader Dayton last Friday and look to bounce back against Saint Louis Sunday afternoon at the Siegel Center. The winner of the battle would gain sole possession of fourth place in the A-10 standings.
In the opening set, VCU were able to establish net dominance. Blocks by Julia Adler (7) and Tori Baldwin (9) put the Rams ahead early while Alicia Kandler added eight kills on the day. As a team, VCU were communicating and playing well in Set 1 while Saint Louis struggled early with multiple attacking errors. VCU cruised to a 25-13 win in Set 1 to start the match ahead 1-0.
Saint Louis was also without Lauren Mershon who had a bad landing on her right leg as Set 1 came to a close. Her injury had her sidelined for the remaining of the match.
The second set started similar to the first with the Rams in control. VCU was able to win the first four points of Set 2 consecutively with Saint Louis looking for an answer to this Black & Gold onslaught. Danielle Rygelski rose to the occasion for the Billikens with her powerful kills and serves to put Saint Louis back in this match. Rygelski tallied 24 kills on the day as Saint Louis bounced back to win Set 2 25-20.
Set 3 had a battle in store between VCU and Saint Louis for the lead. The defensive triple threat of Adler, Baldwin and Kandler produced points for VCU early. Rygelski was still firing at high levels and had help from Lauren Leverenz as the Billikens got back out in front. Sahbria McLetchie and Jasmin Sneed stepped up their game with multiple kills late in Set 3 to give the Rams hope. McLetchie’s attack error in the final moments lifted Saint Louis over VCU 25-21 in Set 3.
All smiles and dancing to the finish were Saint Louis in Set 4. Winning six straight points to start the set, the Billikens was feeling good while a frustrated pack of Rams was looking for motivation to steal the set. Sneed was able to score eight kills on the day while Gina Tuzzolo added an additional six to give VCU hope. Saint Louis’ belief in each other and playful style was too much for VCU to derail as the Rams fell 25-15 in Set 4.
A rejuvenated Saint Louis team embraced each other to solidify their victory and now possess the fourth place spot in the Atlantic 10. VCU falls to 4-3 in A-10 play and their second consecutive defeat at the Siegel Center to end their four-game homestand.
The Rams have a two-match road trip in store beginning on Friday, October 21st at George Washington. That A-10 match is scheduled for 7 PM in Washington D.C.