DENVER – Middle Tennessee State didn't seem worn out from its big upset earlier, pinning a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-20) loss on Virginia Commonwealth University Saturday night at the University of Denver's Hamilton Gymnasium.
The Blue Raiders looked very much like the team that upset 24th-ranked Long Beach State earlier in the day, hitting .321 and frustrating VCU (2-13) on both ends of the floor.
Sophomore Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) led the Black and Gold attack with seven kills. VCU also received five kills and two blocks from senior Kelsie Clegg (Boise, Idaho), as well as four kills apiece from junior Courtney Hott (Fredericksburg, Va.) and senior Mariel Frey (Lititz, Pa.).
Izabela Kozon sparked MTSU with 19 kills and a .429 hitting percentage. Ashley Adams added 12 kills while Maria Szivoa kicked in 10 and hit .438.
Middle Tennessee led wire-to-wire and looked crisp in a 25-17 win in the first set. However, VCU wouldn't go away quietly. The Rams jumped out to an 11-10 lead in the second set and looked to make the match interesting. But the Blue Raiders righted the ship behind three straight kills by Adams, Szivos and Kozon. They would not trail again, although VCU pulled to within 24-22 late in the frame.
Middle Tennessee closed out the match by hitting .433 to secure a 25-20 win in the final set.
The Black and Gold returns to action on Friday, Sept. 24 when it kicks off Colonial Athletic Association play with Northeastern in a match at Hanover High School in Richmond, Va.