LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior Jessica Ojukwu (Sao Paulo Brazil)
blasted nine kills and Virginia Commonwealth University went
nose-to-nose with Kansas State before dropping a 3-0 (25-18, 30-28,
26-24) decision to Kansas State Friday at the University of
Kentucky Invitational at Memorial Coliseum.
Ojukwu, who missed the 2009 season due to injury, enjoyed one of her best matches of the 2010 campaign. The 5-11 junior hit .250 and collected 13 digs for the Rams (1-7). Sophomore Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) added nine kills and senior Mariel Frey (Lititz, Pa.) chipped in with eight kills and six digs for VCU.
"I think that we showed great sense of growth, and that girls can play and offensively dominate matches," said VCU Head Coach James Finley. "We just have to find a way to finish the match. It's just that sustainability that we've got to work on. It was definitely a match that we could win. We're excited about some of the things that are happening."
Kentucky was led by JuliAnne Chisholm, who recorded a match-high 16 kills and hit .297. The match was marked by razor-thin margins in the second and third sets. The Rams rushed out to a 22-15 lead in the second set before the Wildcats (5-3) charged back to tie the frame at 23-23. The teams traded points until it was 28-all, when a kill by Chisholm and an ace from Kaitlynn Pelger delivered KSU the win.
The Black and Gold turned the tables in the third set, staging a furious rally to erase a 17-9 deficit. Behind a pair of kills by senior Kelsie Clegg (Boise, Idaho) and one by Ojukwu sparked a 12-2 run that gave the Rams a 21-19 advantage. However, Kansas State gathered itself and edged VCU 26-24, on a back-to-back kills by Dakota Kaufman and Chisholm.
VCU returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 11 when it meets 16th-ranked and host Kentucky at 10 a.m. and 17th-ranked Florida State at 3 p.m.
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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