COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Virginia Commonwealth University junior Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) provided some bright spots for the Rams, but Xavier's Sarah Brown led the Musketeers to a 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-14) win Saturday at the Maryland Invitational at the Comcast Pavilion.
Boyd blasted 10 kills through the first two sets and finished with 12 on the day to pace the Black and Gold attack. The junior outside hitter was efficient as well, hitting .370 with just two errors. Boyd added three total blocks, including a pair of solo rejections.
Senior Courtney Hott (Fredericksburg, Va.) added five kills and hit .273 to aid VCU, while freshman libero Amanda Love (Southfield, Mich.) provided 11 digs.
VCU hit .298 through the first two sets before fading the third. The Rams hit .176 for the match, but it was Xavier's .324 hitting percentage that proved most costly.
Brown led all players with 17 kills for Xavier. She hit .538 in the match and kicked in six digs. Alex Smith chipped in with seven kills and setter Aubree Smith handed out 38 assists for the Musketeers.
Xavier also had decided advantages in service aces (9-1), digs (41-33) and assists (45-26), as well as a 6-5 edge in blocks.
The Rams will wrap up play at the Maryland Invitational later Saturday evening when they meet Quinnipiac at 4:30 p.m. at the Comcast Pavilion.