RALEIGH RALLY; VCU STREAKS PAST N.C. STATE FOR TOURNEY CROWN

SCORES: VCU 3, N.C. State 2 (25-16, 17-25, 25-21, 24-26, 16-14)
LOCATION:
Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, N.C. (Courtyard Midtown Classic)
RECORDS:
VCU 5-1, N.C. State 5-1

 TOURNAMENT CHAMPION: VCU (2-1)
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:
Martina Samadan, VCU; Jasmine Waters, VCU, Tinuke Aderemi-Ibitola, Kent State; Valerie El Houssine, South Florida; Megan Cyr, N.C. State; Brie Merriweather, N.C. State
TOURNAMENT MVP:
Cecilia Aragao, VCU
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
  • VCU overcame a 12-7 deficit in the fifth set to stun the host Wolfpack. Two kills by senior Anett Farkas, as well as a block by senior Jasmine Waters, led a 5-0 VCU burst to tie the set at 12-12. With the score tied at 14-14, an N.C. State service error, followed by an attack error, delivered the victory to VCU.
  • The Rams had a chance to clinch the match in the fourth set, but could not hold a 23-18 lead. N.C. State closed that frame on an 8-1 blitz to steal the victory.
  • VCU hit .271 in the match, and four Rams posted double-figure kills. Waters and freshman Romana Kriskova led the way with 12.
  • Waters also hit .478 with six blocks to earn All-Tournament honors for the second straight week.
  • Sophomore Amanda Love dug 22 balls against the Wolfpack.
  • Aragao handed out 49 assists with five blocks and five kills.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • The Rams were swept by South Florida in Saturday's morning session, but were able to gather themselves to topple N.C. State. South Florida fell to Kent State in other Saturday action, opening the door for VCU to win the tournament.
  • Saturday's win was VCU's second straight over an ACC opponent. The Rams topped Wake Forest last season.
  • Martina Samadan and Jasmine Waters have been named to the All-Tournament Team in both weekends so far this season. Samadan averaged 2.25 kills and 1.08 blocks per set, while hitting .415, in three matches this weekend. Waters hit .386 and averaged 0.92 blocks.
  • Aragao averaged 9.25 assists per set in three matches this weekend and directed a VCU attack that hit .242.
QUOTABLE
"What a crazy tournament. We played really poor this morning, and South Florida and played really well. The biggest thing for us is that our team finally learned how to play like a family. They played for each other. It changed everything. It was so much fun to watch them play. It was a really big step."

"We spent a significant amount of time dealing with the loss. We watched film, and everybody knew what they needed to fix tonight. Then we started focusing on tonight, and the thing that was missing wasn't so much the volleyball, it was us, playing together. There was no rhythm. Having adversity like we did this morning and coming back to win was amazing. They dug down and trusted each other. We're really excited. It's something to build on."
 
-- VCU Coach James Finley
 
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU returns home to host Middle Tennessee State on Monday, Sept. 3 at 3 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena.  
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