RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University senior Jessica Ojukwu (Sao Paulo, Brazil) led a 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-17) Senior Night blowout of William & Mary Thursday at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
The victory is VCU's fourth straight and improves the Rams to .500 for the first time this season at 15-15. The Black and Gold raised their Colonial Athletic Association record to 8-6 and swept the season series from William & Mary. The Tribe slips to 8-18 overall and 2-12 in league play.
Ojukwu, one of four seniors honored Thursday, hit .333 and added six digs, two blocks and two service aces in her final home match as a Ram. Ojukwu, a two-time All-CAA honoree, has appeared in 122 career matches and ranks seventh on VCU's all-time kills list.
Joining Ojukwu during a pregame ceremony at center court were fellow seniors Courtney Hott (Fredericksburg, Va.), Amanda Friday (Springfield, Va.) and Jennifer Harvey (Roanoke, Va.). Hott provided six kills and three blocks on the evening. Friday added 12 digs.
Junior Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) supplied a match-high 10 kills for VCU, while freshman Cecilia Aragao (Recife, Brazil) distributed 37 assists and dug seven balls. Junior middle blocker Jasmine Waters (Landover, Md.) hit .500 with nine kills.
VCU didn't trail in either of the first two sets raced out to a 2-0 lead at intermission. The Rams trailed 7-2 in the third, but pulled away for a comfortable 25-17 win after five lead changes.
The Rams, the CAA's top hitting and blocking squad, registered a .293 attack percentage and six blocks in the match.
Julia Swalchick paced the Tribe with eight kills.
VCU has already clinched a CAA Tournament berth and will watch intently this weekend as seedings are determined. The Rams are currently seeded sixth, but could move as high as fourth. The tournament will be hosted by the regular season champion Nov. 18-20. Delaware, Northeastern, Towson and James Madison are all still alive for that honor.