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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