TOWSON, Md. – Senior Mariel Frey (Lititz, Pa.) smashed 11 kills to spark an efficient Virginia Commonwealth University offense in a 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-16) win over Towson Sunday at the Towson Center.
Frey hit .360 and added four blocks and six digs. She committed just two hitting errors. Overall, the Rams (5-16, 3-2 CAA) hit .302 and were credited with only 11 hitting errors.
Sophomore Jasmine Waters (Landover, Md.) was nearly flawless Sunday for VCU. The Temple University transfer registered six kills in eight swings and hit .750. She also recorded four blocks. Senior Kelsie Clegg (Boise, Idaho) added four kills and four blocks. Clegg is three blocks away from tying former teammate Ivana Rich (384) atop the Rams' career list.
Katy Buck paced Towson (12-10, 0-5 CAA) with 10 kills and seven digs. The Tigers hit .181 for the match and recorded only two blocks on the day.
VCU roared to a 15-8 lead in the opening set before Buck and Britney Loomis combined on seven kills during a 12-6 run. However, back-to-back kills from the right arm of Frey pushed the Rams ahead, 23-20, on the way to a 25-22 victory.
The second set was more of the same, with VCU grabbing a 17-12 advantage, only to watch the Tigers rally to tie the frame at 24-24 on a Stacey Niehoff ace. But Frey rose to the task again, blasting back-to-back kills to secure a 26-24 win.
With 11 kills Sunday, Frey moved into sole possession of sixth place on the Rams' career list with 882. She is averaging a team-best 2.74 kills per set this season.
VCU will return to action on Friday, Oct. 15 when meets Colonial Athletic Association foe James Madison at 7 p.m. at the JMU Convocation Center.