WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Sophomore Jhessica Martins (Uberlanoia, Brazil) enjoyed her best match as a Ram and senior Kelsie Clegg (Boise, Idaho) was nearly flawless in a 3-0 win over William & Mary Saturday at Kaplan Arena.
The victory was the 100th in VCU Head Coach James Finley's VCU career. He is 100-88 in six seasons with the Rams and is just the second coach in program history to reach the century mark. Wendy Wadsworth, was 169-167 from 1981-83 and 1985-88. Finley is 237-125 in his college coaching career, which also includes four successful seasons at Arizona Western Junior College.
VCU has won two straight to improve to 2-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association and 4-15 overall. William & Mary is 7-8 overall and 1-2 in league action. The Rams have won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two longtime in-state rivals.
Martins, a transfer from Martin Methodist College, blasted nine kills in 18 swings and hit .444 to propel the Rams' offensive attack. Martins also dug 10 balls.
Clegg provided defensive heft with six blocks and had seven kills on 10 attempts. She did not commit an error. Clegg needs 11 blocks to pass former teammate Ivana Rich (384) to become VCU's all-time leader in the category.
"The girls played with a lot of passion tonight," Finley said. "It was really great. Kelsie Clegg played amazing tonight."
VCU hit .269 on the night and limited the Tribe to a .110 mark. The Rams also outblocked William & Mary 8-4.
Ginny Bray led all players with 12 kill for the Tribe.
Sophomore libero Marisa Low (Carlsbad, Calif.) added 18 digs for the Black and Gold, while senior Mariel Frey (Lititz, Pa.) and sophomore Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) contributed seven kills each. Frey also moved past Jonnie Stone and into seventh place on the Rams' career kills list with 865. She needs seven kills to pass Payton Fleischner for sixth.
VCU returns to action on Friday, Oct. 8 when it heads to Newark, Del. to face CAA preseason favorite Delaware at 7 p.m.