September 7, 2012

RAMS SUMMON ANOTHER COMEBACK, STUN VIRGINIA IN FIVE SETS

SCORES: VCU 3, Virginia 2 (25-20, 19-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-13)
LOCATION:
Richmond, Va. (Verizon Wireless Arena at the Siegel Center) – Third Degree Sportswear Invitational
RECORDS:
VCU 7-1, Virginia 3-4

HOW IT HAPPENED
  • VCU rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win their third straight five-set contest.
  • The Rams hit .364 in the fourth set and got four kills from senior Kristin Boyd, as well as three kills and three blocks from senior Jasmine Waters, to grab a 25-20 win.
  • VCU stormed to a 7-1 lead in the fifth before Virginia rallied to tie the frame at 11-11. VCU answered with a kill by Waters, and UVA followed with an errant attack off the left antenna. Virginia pulled within 14-13, but Boyd blasted her 14th kill of the night to clinch the match on the ensuing play.
  • Boyd finished with 14 kills, hit .270 and added seven blocks.
  • Senior Anett Farkas and Waters each provided 10 kills, while Waters led all players with nine blocks.
  • VCU out blocked the Cavaliers 17.5 to 6.0.
  • The Rams overcame a 22-kill, 17-assist, 10-dig triple-double by Virginia's Tori Janowski.
QUOTABLE
"Somebody was giving me a hard time about going five [sets] and I said, 'I don't care how many we play, as long as we win.'"
 
"This is huge. We had UVA down 2-0 a couple of years ago and lost in five. We hadn't beaten them since I've been here. This is just a huge momentum-builder. We've always played a tough schedule and we've always competed, but it's nice to be on the other side where we're not just competing. We're able to put [teams] away and get a win. I think the character that we're building is what's so huge."
 

--Head Coach James Finley

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • VCU hosted the Cavaliers for the first time at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
  • The Rams' win was its first over Virginia since 1985, halting a 15-match losing streak in the series.
  • VCU has won three straight matches against ACC opponents (Wake Forest, N.C. State, Virginia) dating back to the 2011 season.
  • The Rams' 7-1 start is its best since 2002.
  • VCU was 4-3 in five-set matches last season. The Rams are already 3-0 in those situations this year.
  • The announced attendance of 718 was the largest crowd to attend a VCU Volleyball match at the Siegel Center since 2009.
WHAT'S NEXT
The Rams return to action in the Third Degree Sportswear Invitational on Saturday. VCU meets Appalachian State at 1 p.m., followed by Georgetown in the nightcap at 7 p.m.
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