September 14, 2013

ROCKY STOPPED; VCU RALLIES TO STUN TENNESSEE 3-2

Scores: VCU 3, Tennessee 2 (18-25, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17, 15-12)
Location:
Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)
Tournament:
Comcast Lady Vol Classic
Records:
VCU 8-2, Tennessee 7-3

TALKING POINTS
  • VCU dug out of a 2-0 deficit behind 28 kills and 10 digs from sophomore Romana Kriskova and a career-high 60 assists by junior Cecilia Aragao to defeat Tennessee Saturday night.
  • Kriskova added six blocks and a pair of service aces on the way to a 33.5-point evening, the most by a Ram since 2002.
  • Sophomore Kalah Jones was clutch down the stretch for the Rams, recording five kills on nine swings in the fifth set tiebreaker. She finished with 16 kills.
  • Junior Amanda Love also had a busy night for VCU, digging a career-high 27 balls, including 10 in the second set alone.
  • The Rams hit .318 in the final set and committed just two errors in the frame. It was tied 9-9 when VCU used a pair of Jones kills to punctuate a 5-1 burst that pushed the Rams in front 14-10. Three plays later, Jones converted Aragao's final set of the night to clinch a 15-12 win.

QUOTABLES FROM COACH ROGERS

  • "We kind made some adjustments after the second set, and all the girls started to believe in them and executed. Then Tennessee got frustrated and started making errors like we did early on."
  • "This is a big win for the program."
  • "[Romana Kriskova] is incredible this year because she's a lot more fit, and she's ready to go. She's been a leader for us."
TURNING POINT
  • The Rams hit just .051 in the first set and found themselves staring at a 2-0 deficit before staging their comeback. VCU returned from intermission and hit .312 in the third set on the way to a wire-to-wire 25-17 win. After committing 10 hitting errors in the second set alone, VCU committed just 11 in the final three sets.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Saturday's win was VCU's first over an SEC program. The Rams were previously 0-6 against SEC members (at the time of the match).
  • Kriskova's 28 kills established a new career high and are the most by a Ram since Belinda Behnke-Biney registered 29 in 2007.
  • For their efforts this weekend, Aragao and Kriskova were named to the Lady Vol Classic All-Tournament Team.
WHAT'S NEXT
The Rams travel to High Point on Tuesday, Sept. 17 for a match at 7 p.m.
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