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Sweeping The A-10, VCU Collects 3rd Straight Conference Sweep vs. GW

Sweeping The A-10, VCU Collects 3rd Straight Conference Sweep vs. GW

Both teams looked even as the opening set got underway. VCU was the favorite coming into this match but GW stayed level trading points in the opening rallies. Julia Adler led the Rams on offense with 10 kills alongside Vicky Giommarini who racked up seven kills on the day. The Colonials were able to stay close thanks to a few miscommunication cues by the Rams and stole a few points later in Set 1. VCU stayed the course until the end as Alica Kandler killed GW chances with a 25-16 Black & Gold win in the opening set.

Madalon Simpson was VCU’s ace in the hole in Set 2. Simpson collected five of VCU’s eight aces during the second set. In addition, the tag team of Tori Baldwin and Giommarini were in prime form at the net with multiple blocks. Kandler was in good form collecting eight kills versus the Colonials. Giommarini added two more aces of her own in Set 2 to give VCU a 25-12 win and double the Rams lead going into halftime.

George Washington did not go away quietly in Set 3. The Colonials were on an emotional rampage as GW battled towards a possible fourth set. A 16-12 deficit for VCU prompted Coach Jody Rogers to call a timeout to keep the Rams focused and unflustered. A few key aces by Dajah Ard gave VCU hope while the digging power of Rebekah Strange who put in 16 and Simpson’s additional six amplified VCU chances of a sweep. In the end, it was Jasmin Sneed with the Black & Gold game-winning kill to solidify a 25-20 point, set, and match for the Black & Gold.

The Rams improve to 4-1 in A-10 conference play and 13-8 overall on the season. VCU also collects their 3rd consecutive victory and improve their home record to 7-0 at the Siegel Center.

VCU’s homestand will continue with the Rams third consecutive match at the Stu on Friday, October 14th versus Dayton. That match is set to begin at 7 PM.

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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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