ATHENS, Ohio – Virginia Commonwealth University received
eight kills and three blocks from sophomore Kristin
Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.), but the Rams couldn't overcome potent
Ohio University in a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-16) loss Friday morning
at The Convocation Center in the season-opener for both
VCU had difficulty slowing the back-to-back Mid-American Conference Champions, who hit .432 for the match. The Rams never led couldn't erase 21 hitting errors in the match. It was a tough test for the Black and Gold.
Ohio has won six of the last seven MAC Tournament Championships and has reached seven straight NCAA Tournaments. The Bobcats are currently listed in the top 40 of the AVCA Coaches Poll.
"The excitement of opening the season was outstanding and the girls were ready," commented VCU Head Coach James Finley. "We had some trouble executing on offense. I thought we passed the ball well, but didn't read the blockers well."
Senior Mariel Frey (Lititz, Pa.) added six kills and junior Jessica Ojukwu (Sao Paulo, Brazil) contributed five for the Rams. As the Rams attempt to integrate eight new players into their system, bumps along the way are expected, but Finley was pleased with his team's overall effort.
"I was proud of Marisa Low, I thought she played outstanding," Finley said. "Courtney Hott was making her first start today and she played well and had great energy. [freshman setter] Ciara Brown took her lumps today in regard to decision making and some other things, but it was good seeing her hang in there in keep playing. We got some good feedback from the players and we'll continue to make adjustments as we move forward."
All-MAC outside hitter Sue Jacobi led the Bobcats with 11 kills, while Mandy Nichols added 10 and hit .643.
The Rams will pack up and head to Columbus, Ohio to play Ohio State Friday night at 7 p.m.
May 5, 2011 RAMS COMPLETE SPRING SEASON, EYE FALL SCHEDULE
May 3, 2011 VCU COACH SEEKS HOPE, HELP FOR CRIPPLED HOMETOWN
April 5, 2011 RAMS TO HOST VCU SPRING FLING VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
March 21, 2011 VOLLEYBALL RELEASES SPRING SCHEDULE
March 8, 2011 GETTING TO KNOW: SAMANTHA SALVI
March 3, 2011 VCU VOLLEYBALL ADDS THOMPSON, PETROVIC TO COACHING STAFF
February 24, 2011 BROWN TO ATTEND U.S. JUNIOR NATIONAL TRYOUTS
January 20, 2011 GETTING TO KNOW: FRESHMAN BRIDGET CAMACHO
December 7, 2010 WATERS EARNS POSTSEASON HONOR FROM COBRA MAGAZINE
November 26, 2010 RAMS CLOSE OUT 2010 SEASON WITH 3-1 WIN OVER ALBANY
November 20, 2010 TOP-SEEDED DELAWARE HOLDS OFF VCU IN CAA SEMIFINAL
November 19, 2010 DEJA VCU? RAMS LOOK TO CHANNEL SPIRIT OF '05
November 19, 2010 THREE RAMS NAMED TO ALL-CAA VOLLEYBALL TEAMS
November 16, 2010 RAMS WASTE LITTLE TIME IN DISMANTLING HAMPTON, 3-0
November 12, 2010 WILLIAM & MARY RALLIES TO STUN VCU, 3-2; CAA TOURNAMENT FATE IN LIMBO
November 6, 2010 BOYD HELPS RAMS OVERCOME PESKY TOWSON, 3-2
November 5, 2010 DELAWARE HANDLES VCU IN BATTLE OF CAA LEADERS
November 1, 2010 CLEGG GETS DEFENSIVE, CLAIMS SECOND CAA WEEKLY AWARD
October 31, 2010 RAMS SURVIVE HOFSTRA SCARE BEHIND CLEGG, FREY
October 29, 2010 NORTHEASTERN SOLVES VCU, HALTS RAMS’ WIN STREAK
October 25, 2010 LOW DIGS UP CAA WEEKLY AWARD
October 23, 2010 RAMS ROLL TO FIFTH STRAIGHT, DOWN UNC WILMINGTON, 3-0
October 22, 2010 LOW, BOYD SPARK RAMS PAST GEORGIA STATE, 3-0
October 18, 2010 CLEGG BLOCKS HER WAY INTO HISTORY, CAA DEFENSIVE HONOR
October 16, 2010 RAMS SHAKE UP CAA RACE, SHOCK FIRST-PLACE GEORGE MASON, 3-2
October 15, 2010 CLEGG, RAMS ROADBLOCK JMU IN HARRISONBURG
October 10, 2010 RAMS ROAR PAST TOWSON BEHIND FREY
October 8, 2010 DELAWARE'S DENNEHY LEADS BLUE HENS PAST VCU, 3-0
October 4, 2010 LOWS HIGH NOTE; SOPHOMORE NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
October 2, 2010 MARTINS, CLEGG SPARK RAMS; FINLEY GRABS 100TH VCU VICTORY
September 28, 2010 DOWN IN D.C.: VCU FALLS TO GEORGE WASHINGTON, 3-1
September 25, 2010 RAMS THROW BLOCK PARTY, REJECT HOFSTRA, 3-1
September 24, 2010 NORTHEASTERN TOPS VCU IN CAA OPENER, 3-0
September 18, 2010 STREAKING MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE OVERWHELMS VCU, 3-0
September 18, 2010 BOYD, HOTT FUEL 3-0 SWEEP OF DENVER
September 17, 2010 #24 LONG BEACH STATE OFFENSE TOO MUCH FOR VCU, 3-0
September 16, 2010 RAMS PUSH #14 COLORADO STATE TO THE LIMIT
September 14, 2010 GEORGETOWN SLIPS THROUGH VCU'S GRASP
September 11, 2010 RAMS BATTLE, BUT DROP PAIR TO RANKED KENTUCKY, FLORIDA STATE
September 10, 2010 KANSAS STATE OUTLASTS VALIANT VCU, 3-0
September 4, 2010 PENN STATE OVERPOWERS VCU, 3-0
September 4, 2010 RAMS REGROUP, THROTTLE SETON HALL, 3-0
September 3, 2010 FREYS 23 KILLS NOT ENOUGH TO RESCUE VCU
September 3, 2010 VCU SET TO TAKE ON TOP-RANKED PENN STATE, COLGATE, SETON HALL
August 31, 2010 VCU VOLLEYBALL SEASON TICKETS ON SALE!
August 29, 2010 ARIZONA STATE RALLY THWARTS RESILIANT VCU, 3-2
August 28, 2010 NO. 21 DAYTON ROLLS PAST VCU, 3-0
August 27, 2010 OHIO STATE RALLIES PAST VCU, 3-1
August 27, 2010 VCU FALLS TO OHIO IN SEASON OPENER, 3-0
August 16, 2010 RAMS TABBED THIRD IN CAA COACHES POLL
August 12, 2010 FOLLOW VCU VOLLEYBALL ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER!
August 9, 2010 BROWN THRIVES AGAINST TOP JUNIOR COMPETITION
August 3, 2010 MELICHARKOVA SIGNS WITH GERMAN CLUB