November 24, 2013

VCU FALLS TO DUQUESNE IN ATLANTIC 10 CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTIC 10 TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Score:
#1 Duquesne 3, #2 VCU 1 (25-13, 25-18, 18-25, 25-23)
Location:
Washington, D.C. (Charles E. Smith Center – George Washington University)
Records:
VCU 25-8, Duquesne 20-9

ATLANTIC 10 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Arielle Love (Duquesne) – MVP, Mary Henry (Duquesne) Marah Farage (Duquesne), Amanda Love (VCU),  Romana Kriskova (VCU), Chidima Osuchukwu (George Washington), Shayne Brown (Dayton)

TALKING POINTS
  • Top-seeded Duquesne captured the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship behind 10 kills from Tournament MVP Arielle Love.
  • VCU, which was making its second appearance in a conference championship match in three years, was led by 2013 A-10 Player of the Year Romana Kriskova and her 21 kills.
  • Kriskova hit .271 in the match and dug 10 balls for the Rams.
  • Joining Kriskova on the All-Tournament Team from VCU was junior libero Amanda Love, who recorded 16 digs. Love averaged 5.57 digs per set in two A-10 Tournament matches this weekend.
  • The Rams were seeking their fourth conference title in their third different conference. VCU has won crowns previously in the Sun Belt (1984, 1985) and the CAA (2005).
  • Sophomore Kalah Jones provided 13 kills for VCU, while junior Janelle Sykes added nine kills and four blocks.
  • Duquesne hit .250 in the match, while VCU hit .183. The Dukes outblocked the Rams 13-5.
TURNING POINTS
  • Duquesne stormed came out firing on all cylinders and jumped to an 8-3 lead in the first set.  The Dukes got strong play up front and held the Rams to a .074 hitting percentage in the opening frame on the way to a 25-13 win.
  • The Dukes started strong again in the second, charging ahead 7-1 before the Rams found some footing. VCU fought to within 18-13 on back-to-back kills by freshman Nora Reed and Jones, but would get no closer.
  • In the third set, VCU punched back with a combined 14 kills from Jones and Kriskova. The Rams hit a robust .455 in that set on the way to a 25-18 win.
  • VCU nearly forced a fifth set tiebreaker, but Duquesne rallied from a 23-22 deficit in the fourth set to score a 25-23 win and clinch the championship.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • With four blocks, Sykes tied the VCU single-season record with 172. She is averaging 1.38 blocks per set this season.
  • Kriskova became the first VCU player to reach 600 kills in a season.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU will return home and complete its regular season on Saturday, Nov. 30 match with Ohio at 5 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
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