KRISKOVA, JONES BATTER LIBERTY IN RECORD-SETTING VCU WIN

Score: VCU 3, Liberty 0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-15)
Location:
Lexington, Ky. (Memorial Coliseum)
Tournament:
Kentucky Classic
Records:
VCU 4-0, Liberty 1-4 

TALKING POINTS

  • Bolstered by dominant performances from sophomores Romana Kriskova and Kalah Jones, VCU set a school record for hitting percentage (.544) in a 3-0 win over Liberty in the opening match of the Kentucky Classic. The Rams spiked 49 kills on 79 attempts and committed just six hitting errors in the win.
  • The previous school mark for hitting percentage in a match of .538 was set against Maryland Eastern-Shore on Oct. 23, 1993.
  • Kriskova and Jones were nearly flawless. The duo combined to hit .805 with 33 kills. In the first set alone, Kriskova and Jones combined for 15 kills on 17 attempts.
  • Kriskova provided 21 kills on 24 swings and committed just one error. Her 21 kills are the most by a Ram since October of 2011. She also provided four service aces and two blocks.
  • Junior setter Cecilia Aragao directed VCU's robust offense and handed out 40 assists in the process. Defensively, junior libero Amanda Love added 13 digs.
QUOTABLES FROM COACH JODY ROGERS
  • "Our ball control is getting better and better each match, and we've got people who can put the ball away."
  • "I was happy with how they played and took care of business and didn't let them creep back into the match."
  • "We went fast, and [Cecilia Aragao] set a nice offense today, and it's a high tempo ball. It just opened up for [Kalah Jones and Romana Kriskova]. We just went fast. Speed kills. We just need to keep getting better."
  • "I'm happy for them, I gave them high-fives, and now we have to go back to work."
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • Neither Kriskova, nor Jones, had committed a hitting error until late in the third set.
  • In VCU's last two matches, Kriskova has averaged 5.89 kills per set.
  • VCU improves to 4-0 for the second straight year and for the sixth time overall in school history.
  • The Rams improve to 21-16 all-time against Liberty and have defeated the Flames eight straight times dating back to 2004.
NEXT UP
VCU will meet host Kentucky at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum.
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