RAMS WIN TWO, CAPTURE IUPUI INVITATIONAL CROWN; KRISKOVA MVP

Saturday Scores:
Match 1: VCU 3, IUPUI 2 (22-25, 25-22, 19-25, 26-24, 15-11)
Match 2: VCU 3, Illinois State 1 (15-25, 25-2, 25-23, 25-21)

Tournament: IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational
Location:
Indianapolis, Ind. (IUPUI Gymnasium – The Jungle)
All-Tournament Team:
Romana Kriskova, VCU (MVP); Cecilia Aragao, VCU; Amanda Love, VCU; Emily Schnieder, ISU; Ashley Rosch, ISU
Records:
VCU 3-0, Illinois State 2-1, IUPUI 1-2, Florida Gulf Coast 0-3
 

TALKING POINTS

  • VCU defeated host IUPUI and Illinois State Saturday to capture the Hampton Inn Invitational in Indianapolis.
  • Sophomore outside hitter Romana Kriskova was named Tournament MVP. In three weekend matches, she averaged 4.42 kills per set and hit .278. Kriskova also added 1.33 digs and 1.00 blocks per set.
  • Junior setter Cecilia Aragao and junior libero Amanda Love were also named to the All-Tournament Team. Aragao averaged 9.08 assists, 3.00 digs, 1.67 blocks and 1.00 kills per set. She also hit .290. Love anchored the back line for the Rams and averaged 3.00 digs per set.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • The Rams have won five straight regular season tournaments, dating back to last season.
  • With the victory, Jody Rogers became the first coach in program history to begin her VCU career 3-0. Rogers, who led the University of Indianapolis to 406 victories from 1997-2012, was making her first trip back to Indiana's capital city since she was named VCU coach in February.
SATURDAY SPECIFICS
  • The Rams rallied past the host Jaguars in a five-set thriller to begin Saturday's action.
  • Kriskova and sophomore Kalah Jones spiked 18 kills apiece and Aragao booked her second double-double (assists-digs) with 46 assists and 13 digs in the win.
  • After falling behind in the match 2-1, VCU hit .294 in a 26-24 win in the fourth set and .353 in the tiebreaker, a 15-11 triumph.
  • The critical fourth set featured eight ties and four lead changes before the Rams secured the victory. After an IUPUI attacking error pushed VCU ahead 25-24, Aragao found sophomore Uzoamaka Ibeh for a set-clinching kill.
  • Against ISU, VCU received a season-high 20 kills from Kriskova and eight blocks from junior middle Janelle Sykes to overpower the Redbirds.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU hits the road for the Kentucky Classic Sept. 6-7 in Lexington, Ky. The Rams will meet Liberty and host Kentucky on Friday, Sept. 6 to open the tournament. On Saturday, VCU is set to meet East Tennessee State.
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