RICHMOND, Va. – Junior Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) and senior Courtney Hott (Fredericksburg, Va.) combined for 25 kills and Virginia Commonwealth University hit a season-high .453 in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-9, 25-10) rout of Howard Tuesday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
For the second time this season, VCU held an opponent to a negative hitting percentage. The Bison had just 20 kills and committed 22 hitting errors in the match on the way to hitting -.024. The Rams limited North Carolina A&T to a -.095 mark on Sept. 10. After hitting .261 in the first set, the Bison recorded -.214 and -.065 hitting percentages in the second and third frames, respectively.
VCU recorded just nine hitting errors, its fewest since a Sept. 3 win over Quinnipiac. Senior Anett Farkas (Budapest, Hungary) blasted eight kills in 11 swings and hit .727. Hott had 11 kills and just one hitting error in 19 attempts, a .526 percentage. Boyd smacked 14 kills and hit .346.
Hott also added seven blocks, including two solos, to a VCU front line that outblocked Howard, 11.5 to 1.0. It's the most blocks by VCU in a three-set match this season. Boyd was credited with four blocks, while junior Jasmine Waters (Landover, Md.) and freshman Janelle Sykes (Clifton, Va.) collected three apiece.
Sykes, meanwhile, saw her most extensive action in a Rams' uniform, providing four kills in nine swings, in addition to her work at the net.
The Rams outdug Howard, 35-20, behind nine each from freshman Amanda Love (Southfield, Mich.) and senior libero Amanda Friday (Springfield, Va.).
Tosin Elebute led the Bison with nine kills.
VCU returns to Colonial Athletic Association action for its next contest. The Rams head to Atlanta, Ga. on Friday, Sept. 30 to battle Georgia State at 7 p.m. at the GSU Sports Arena.