JONES BLASTS 27 KILLS, REACHES MILESTONE TO FUEL VCU

Score: VCU 3, Duquesne 1 (29-27, 25-22, 19-25, 25-23)
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU: 10-14 (4-5 A-10), Duquesne 11-12 (5-4 A-10) 

OPENING VOLLEY

  • Senior outside hitter Kalah Jones erupted for a career-high 27 kills – reaching 1,000 career kills in the process – to steer VCU to a four-set win over Duquesne Sunday afternoon.
  • Jones reached 1,000 with her 13th kill of the day, which came midway through the third set. From there, she kicked her game into high gear. She blasted 17 kills and hit .412 combined in the final two sets. She provided 10 kills in the fourth set alone.
  • Overall, Jones hit .362 in the match. Her 27 kills were half of VCU's total on the day.
  • Freshman outside hitter Julia Adler added 10 kills and hit .462 for the Rams, while redshirt freshmen setter Indigo Thompson set 48 assists.
  • Defensively, sophomore libero Rebekah Strange dug 21 balls, while freshman middle Tori Baldwin contributed seven blocks.
  • Nora Young led the Duquesne attack with 14 kills.

KEY MOMENTS

  • The decisive fourth set featured 17 ties and 10 lead changes. The Dukes led 20-19 and later tied the set for the final time at 22-all on a Jones hitting error. But Jones would not allow VCU to be denied. She sandwiched a pair of kills around a double block by Thompson and Baldwin to give the Rams a 25-23 win.
  • The opening set was one to remember. VCU trailed 24-17 and stared down set point nine times before rallying for a wild, 29-27 win. Sophomore Jane Feddersen served seven straight points for the Rams, including an ace that tied the set at 24-all. Meanwhile, Jones provided three kills during VCU's comeback. Adler helped finish off the Dukes, providing a go-ahead kill, followed by a double-block with Feddersen.

BEHIND THE BOX SCORE

  • Jones is just the sixth player in program history to reach the 1,000-kill mark. She currently has 1,014 kills and trails Cindy O'Brien by 31 for fifth on the Rams' career list.
  • Strange registered her second straight 20-dig match. She averaged 4.78 digs per set in two matches this weekend.
  • VCU has won four of its last five matches.

WHAT'S NEXT

  • The Rams will host Davidson at the Siegel Center on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. in a critical A-10 match. 

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