KRISKOVA NEARS RECORD AS FIRST-PLACE VCU DISPATCHES RHODE ISLAND 3-0

Score: VCU 3, Rhode Island 0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-17)
Location:
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
Record:
VCU 22-5 (9-1 A-10), Rhode Island 12-13 (4-5)

TALKING POINTS
  • Sophomores Romana Kriskova and Kalah Jones combined for 29 of VCU's 36 kills Saturday as the Black and Gold cruised to its fifth straight victory.
  • Kriskova blasted 15 kills and hit .290. In the process, she moved past Jonnie Stone and into sole possession of second place on VCU's single-season kills list with 515. Kriskova needs 35 kills to pass Ludmila Francescatto's 549-kill effort during the 2006 season for the program mark.
  • Jones registered 14 kills on 24 swings and hit .458 on the night. She helped set the tone for the match when she spiked six kills on nine swings to help VCU take the first set 25-19. She added five more on nine attempts in the second as the Black and Gold pushed ahead 2-0.
  • VCU blocked well for the second straight night, recording 11.5 while limiting Rhode Island to a .110 hitting percentage. VCU also recorded 28 digs to the host's 21.
  • Junior Amanda Love dug nine balls and fired a pair of service aces for VCU, while sophomore Janelle Sykes and freshman Nora Reed booked six and five blocks, respectively.  Sophomore Uzomaka Ibeh also supplied four blocks.
  • Rhode Island pushed back in the second set by taking a 16-12 advantage, but Kriskova smacked four kills down the stretch as VCU closed the frame with a 13-4 blitz.
QUOTABLES FROM JODY ROGERS
  • "We played really aggressive and served really tough tonight, and it really kept them off-balance. We had everybody play and contribute."
  • "Kalah had a phenomenal night tonight. Her and Romana were both really good, but Kalah hit a lot of balls from the back row and played great."
  • "Amanda Love once again controlled the back row and Uzoamaka Ibeh did a really terrific job blocking up front for us. Plus, Sammy Blaze came in off the bench and passed the ball real well for us. It was a really good all-around effort."
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • With six blocks tonight, Sykes moved into sixth place on VCU's single season list with 142. Sykes has enjoyed a breakout junior campaign. She recorded 36 blocks in her first two seasons combined, but is averaging 1.35 blocks per set this season, the second-best mark in school history.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU returns home to face La Salle in conference action on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
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