Oct 02, 2015
Score: George Washington 3, VCU 2 (25-21, 21-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-12)
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 6-11 (0-3 Atlantic 10), George Washington 12-5 (2-0)
- Sophomore middle Jane Feddersen blasted 12 kills and provided six blocks, while hitting .500, to power VCU in a five-set loss to George Washington Friday night at the Siegel Center.
- The Colonials took the see-saw battle after rallying from a 2-1 deficit in the match. George Washington received four kills from Chidima Osuchukwu in the tiebreaker and hit .258 in the set on the way to victory. Osuchukwu led all players with 19 kills on the night.
- Freshman outside hitter Sahbria McLetchie paced VCU with 18 kills, eight digs and three blocks.
- Sophomore Rebekah Strange provided 22 digs defensively for the Rams, while senior Kalah Jones hit .286 with 12 kills and three blocks.
- VCU setter Indigo Thompson handed out 45 assists and produced three blocks.
- The teams battled to an 11-all draw in the fifth set, but a VCU attacking error, followed by a Hanna Justensen kill, provided George Washington with breathing room. The Rams pulled within 13-12 on a Jones kill off a slide, but Osuchukwu blasted a kill from the middle on the ensuing play. A VCU miscue on the next play sealed the 15-12 decision.
- VCU led the match 2-1 and the fourth set 10-8 before the Colonials came alive. Osuchukwo spiked three kills and was party to a pair of blocks to spark an 8-1 assault that pushed GW out to a 16-11 advantage. The Rams were unable to pull closer than three points the rest of the way.
- The Rams dropped the first set, but took a 2-1 match lead after hitting .226 and .323 in the second and third sets, respectively.
- "The girls played extremely hard out there tonight. We've got a bunch of freshmen and sophomores out there giving it their all, but George Washington's a very good team. Unfortunately, we just didn't control the ball well enough tonight to win. We've just got to keep our heads up and stay positive. We've got George Mason in here on Sunday, and we've got to be ready." – VCU Coach Jody Rogers.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Jones crossed the 900-kill mark during the match. Her 903 career kills (in less than three seasons) rank ninth in school history.
- Strange's 22 digs were her most since a career-high 26 against Saint Louis on Nov. 2 last season.
- Feddersen has been credited with five or more blocks five times this season.
- VCU will welcome longtime rival George Mason to the Siegel Center on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m.