WILMINGTON, N.C. – Junior Anett Farkas (Budapest, Hungary) spiked a match-high 20 kills and Virginia Commonwealth University continued its dominance of UNC Wilmington in a 3-1 (31-29, 25-20, 18-25, 25-21) victory Sunday at Hanover Hall.
The Rams are 6-12 overall and 1-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association after the win. VCU has defeated the Seahawks 13 straight times dating back to 2004 and has won 22 of 24 in the series. VCU Head Coach James Finley, in his seventh season, has never lost to UNCW. The Seahawks are 7-12 overall and 1-2 following the loss.
Farkas, who slid to the outside in place of the injured Jessica Ojukwu (Sao Paulo, Brazil), punctuated a torrid week by hitting .375 on 40 attempts. Her 20 kills are a career-high. In three matches this week, Farkas averaged 4.10 kills per set and hit .452.
"Anett was phenomenal today," Finley said.
The Rams, who hit .331 in the match, also got 15 kills from junior Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.), who was playing in front of family and friends in her hometown. Boyd got off to a slow start and had zero kills and four errors in her first eight attempts. However, the 6-2 outside, hit .423 the rest of the way.
Also for VCU, senior Courtney Hott (Fredericksburg, Va.) had nine kills, three blocks and hit .818 in three sets, while freshman setter Cecilia Aragao (Recife, Brazil) handed out 48 assists, dug 14 balls and provided four blocks.
Wilmington hit .260 in the match and received 18 kills from Christi Laite. Laite hit .359 in the match.
The Rams took control of the match after outlasting the Seahawks, 31-29, in a marathon first set. UNCW had five opportunities to win the set, the last at 29-28, but VCU was up to the challenge each time.
Farkas tied the set at 29-29 with a kill and two plays later, Boyd clinched the win with a blast off an Aragao set.
VCU returns to the floor on Thursday, Oct. 6 when it heads to Williamsburg, Va. to meet CAA-rival William & Mary at 7 p.m. at Kaplan Arena.