November 17, 2012

HISTORIC VCU SEASON BROUGHT TO A CLOSE BY XAVIER

Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament (Semifinals)
Scores:
#2 Xavier 3, #3 VCU 0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-20)
Location:
Pittsburgh, Pa. (A.J. Palumbo Center)
Records:
VCU 25-6, Xavier 20-10

TALKING POINTS
  • Second-seeded Xavier swept third-seeded VCU for the second time this month in the Atlantic 10 Conference Semifinals at Duquesne University.
  • The Musketeers advance to meet top-seeded Dayton Sunday in the A-10 Championship Match.
  • The Rams hit just .043 against the Musketeers and managed only 23 kills in three sets.
  • A-10 Rookie of the Year Martina Samadan led VCU with seven kills and eight blocks.
  • Freshman Romana Kriskova added six kills and six blocks for the Rams, while sophomore Amanda Love accounted for 13 of VCU's 41 digs.
  • Xavier's Kelsey Dunaway led all players with 10 kills.
  • Saturday marked the final college match for VCU seniors Kristin Boyd, Anett Farkas, Marisa Low and Jasmine Waters.
QUOTBLE
"It's a bummer, but I'm really proud of the team. It was a great year, we had a lot of great wins for our program. We'll finish in the 60s in the RPI, and it's a good step for our program."
 
--VCU Coach James Finley
 
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • VCU finishes the year with 25 wins, its second most in eight seasons under Finley. The Rams have topped 20 wins three times during his tenure.
  • Samadan established school single-season records for hitting percentage (.349), blocks per set (1.67) and total blocks (172).
  • Boyd ends her career with the second-most kills in school history. In four seasons, she provided more than 1,200 kills.
  • The Rams were originally selected sixth in the A-10 Preseason Coaches Poll, but finished third in their inaugural season.
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