September 14, 2012
VCU RALLY LIFTS RAMS TO BEST START SINCE ‘93
SCORES: VCU 3, Army 1 (21-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-23)
LOCATION: West Point, N.Y. (Gillis Field House); West Point Challenge
RECORDS: VCU 11-1, Army 6-5
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU dropped the first set and fell behind 22-16 in the second set before rallying for a 3-1 victory.
- Trailing 22-16, VCU's Martina Samadan ripped consecutive kills, then followed with back-to-back solo blocks to pull the Rams within 22-20. She added another kill two plays later to make it 23-21. Three Anett Farkas kills down the stretch helped seal the VCU win to tie the match 1-1.
- Samadan, a freshman middle blocker, finished with 13 kills, six digs and four blocks and hit .579.
- Senior outside hitter Kristin Boyd added 13 kills for the Rams, while sophomore setter Cecilia Aragao distributed 46 assists with 11 digs.
- VCU dug a season-high 79 balls, including 21 from sophomore Amanda Love and 17 by senior Marisa Low.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- With the win, VCU improves to 11-1 for the first time since 1993. The Rams finished 24-14 that season.
- The victory was the Rams' seventh straight, VCU's longest win streak since 2009.
- The Rams need a victory over Sacred Heart Sunday to ensure tournament championships in all four non-conference tournaments this year.
- Samadan has hit plus .500 with at least 10 kills in four matches this season. She is hitting .375 through 12 matches this season, an impressive pace, given that the VCU single-season mark is .332.
"Martina Samadan, Romana Kriskova
and Kristin Boyd really gave us lot of offense, and Amanda Love and Marisa Low gave us great defense. They worked well together and did some nice things in the back row."
"We had talked about how [Army] was going to play, with lots of intensity and emotion, and we were going to have to match that, and we didn't do that in the first set. Later in the second set we called a timeout and then we picked it up emotionally and our defense really picked up and carried over into the third set. The big difference for us was defense. It gave our hitters more chances."
-- VCU Head Coach James Finley
VCU will have a day off Saturday before finishing play at the West Point Challenge on Sunday, Sept. 16 when it meets Sacred Heart at 10 a.m.