WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Junior Jasmine Waters (Landover, Md.) hit .875 and led an impressive blocking effort by Virginia Commonwealth University, which rolled William & Mary, 3-0 (27-25, 25-18, 25-21) Thursday night at Kaplan Arena.
The Rams have won two straight matches to improve to 7-12 on the year. VCU is 2-3 in Colonial Athletic Association play. The Tribe, which was playing in its first home match of the season, falls to 6-10 overall and 1-4 in league play.
Waters did not commit an error and registered seven kills in eight swings. Her play sparked an efficient VCU attack, which hit .300 on the evening. Waters also provided six blocks in the contest as VCU managed to out block William & Mary, 12-5.
Freshman setter Cecilia Aragao (Recife, Brazil) added 25 assists and four blocks and was 6-of-8 on the attack. Senior Courtney Hott (Fredericksburg, Va.) had six kills in the first set alone and finished with eight, as well as two blocks for the Black and Gold.
VCU's blocking effort rattled the Tribe, as they hit .156 on the night, including a .000 mark in the second set alone. William & Mary committed 28 hitting errors in all, compared to just 12 for the Rams.
Brooke Bauernfeind led all players with 13 kills on 31 swings for the Tribe.
Although VCU cruised to wins in the second and third sets, the first was a hotly-contested battle that pushed momentum in the Rams' favor.
The set featured 12 ties and four lead changes and the Rams were on the brink of falling into a 1-0 hole after a Carolina Rivas kill gave the Tribe a 25-24 advantage. Following a VCU timeout, junior Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) tied the match with a blast. Two plays later, junior Anett Farkas (Budapest, Hungary) clinched the set with a right-handed winner.
VCU returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 11 when it heads to Lynchburg, Va. to meet Liberty in non-conference action at 7 p.m.