October 26, 2012

FRESHMEN SUPPLY HEFT AS RAMS SWEEP TEMPLE, WIN EIGHTH STRAIGHT

Scores:  VCU 3, Temple 0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-19)
Location:
Philadelphia, Pa. (McGonigle Gym)
Records:
VCU 22-3 (8-2 A-10), Temple 15-9 (5-5 A-10)

TALKING POINTS
  • VCU rolled to its eighth straight victory behind outstanding freshmen Martina Samadan and Romana Kriskova.
  • Samadan, who ranked sixth nationally in blocks per set coming into Friday, provided five against the Owls. She also hit .412 with nine kills.
  • Kriskova led all players with 14.0 points. She hit .368, spiked 10 kills, dug eight balls and was in on seven blocks.
  • Seniors Anett Farkas and Jasmine Waters added eight kills apiece. Waters, who played at Temple as a freshman in 2009, added five blocks and hit .5833 for the Rams, who hit .372 on the night.
  • In addition to limiting Temple to a .111 hitting percentage, VCU out blocked the Owls 12-1.
  • Sophomore setter Cecilia Aragao handed out 33 assists for the Rams.
QUOTABLES
"Temple was really good on the outside, and we blocked them really well early and sort of took control. They're leading the conference in digs and we held them to 11.3 just by blocking and putting balls away."
 
"It was really fun having Jasmine back. She was ready, considering she played at Temple. It was fun because you don't ever know how somebody's going to perform in that situation."
 
"Romana was great tonight. She was a blocking machine."
 
--VCU Coach James Finley
 
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • VCU is 8-0 in October. The Rams have lost one set over that period (24-1).
  • The Rams are hitting .258 as a team this season. They've failed to hit at least .200 just twice.
  • Samadan has 140 blocks, 17 shy of tying Waters and former Ram Kelsie Clegg for most in school single-season history.
  • Aragao is currently averaging 10.03 assists per set. The last Ram to average at least 10 assists per set was Cat Juson in 2006.
  • VCU's eight match win streak is its longest since winning 10 in a row during the 2009 season.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU will remain in Philadelphia and take on La Salle Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
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