November 16, 2012

RAMS SURVIVE UPSET-MINDED BUTLER, ADVANCE AT ATLANTIC 10 TOURNAMENT

Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament – First Round
Scores:
#3 VCU 3, #6 Butler 2 (20-25, 27-25, 25-22, 17-25, 16-14)
Location:
Pittsburgh, Pa. (A.J. Palumbo Center)
Records:
VCU 25-5, Butler 17-12

TALKING POINTS
  • Third-seeded VCU rallied from an 8-4 deficit in the fifth set tiebreaker for a 16-14 victory and held off upset-minded Butler Friday in the first round of the A-10 Tournament at Duquesne.
  • With the win, the Rams advance to face second-seeded Xavier in the A-10 Semifinals Saturday at 6 p.m.
  • In the fifth, after trailing 8-4, a pair of Jasmine Waters kills highlighted a 5-2 VCU run that pulled the Rams within 10-9. A short time later, the Rams tied the match at 13-all when freshman Martina Samadan converted a kill off a pass from sophomore Cecilia Aragao. The Bulldogs knotted the set at 14-14, but back-to-back kills by senior Kristin Boyd gave VCU the win.
  • Samadan, the A-10 Rookie of the Year, finished with 13 kills and used eight blocks to eclipse the VCU single-season record. A 6-foot-5 middle blocker, Samadan has 164 total blocks this season, surpassing the mark set by Kelsie Clegg in 2009 and tied by Waters last season.
  • Freshman Romana Kriskova provided a team-high 15 kills, while Boyd added 14 for the Rams.
  • Aragao handed out 46 assists and dug a season-high 22 balls for the Rams. Sophomore Amanda Love led all players with 26 digs for VCU.
QUOTABLE
"They really found a way to win. They just dug and did some really great stuff. Cecilia Aragao and Amanda Love did some really good things."
 
"We just kept coming back, coming back. We knew in the first set girls were pretty tight and Butler did a nice job on us. They created a little chaos."
 
--VCU Head Coach James Finley
 
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • Saturday's meeting will be the second in two weeks between VCU and Xavier, which swept the Rams Nov. 2 at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
  • VCU, which hit .175 Friday, won a match for the first time this season when hitting below .200. The Rams were 0-3 previously when hitting sub-.200.
  • The Rams won 25 matches for the second time under Finley, in his eighth season. VCU finished 27-9 in 2009.
 
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