RAMS FALL TO N.C. STATE 3-1; ARAGAO NETS ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS

Scores: N.C. State 3, VCU 1 (25-22, 17-25, 25-23, 27-25)
Location:
Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)
Tournament:
Courtyard Midtown Invitational
Records:
VCU 10-4, N.C. State 9-3

TALKING POINTS
  • Romana Kriskova ripped 22 kills, while Cecilia Aragao cemented an All-Tournament performance with 43 assists, 15 digs and four blocks in a 3-1 VCU loss to N.C. State.  
  • Aragao, who has two previous All-Tournament awards this season, averaged 8.64 assists, 2.14 digs, 1.14 blocks and 1.07 kills per set, while hitting .275, in three matches over the weekend.
  • The Rams nearly forced a fifth set tiebreaker – which would have been VCU third of the weekend – but N.C. State rallied from a 25-24 deficit in the fourth set behind a pair of Alesha Wilson kills and a Nikki Glass ace for a 27-25 triumph.
  • Sophomore Clemson transfer Kalah Jones returned to her ACC roots with 16 kills for the Rams.
  • For the second straight match, the Rams received double-digit blocks from junior middle blocker Janelle Sykes. Sykes averaged 1.86 blocks per set in three weekend matches.
  • Junior libero Amanda Love capped a strong tournament performance with 23 digs against the Wolfpack.
QUOTABLE FROM COACH ROGERS
"[Cecilia Aragao] played as solid and consistent as ever. Part of the reason Romana [Kriskova] is having such a good year is because C.C. has been so good for us. She carried the team in three matches this weekend. Amanda Love also played great this week. She was really solid in the back row for us the whole weekend."
 
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • Kriskova added 63 kills, an average of 4.50 per set, in three matches this weekend to raise her season total to 272, which surpasses her total (261) from all of last season.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU opens Atlantic 10 Conference play on Friday, Sept. 27 at defending league champion Dayton at 7 p.m.
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