RAMS TEST #23 LOUISVILLE BEFORE FALLING

Score: #23 Louisville 3, VCU 0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-23)
Location: Bowling Green, Ohio (Stroh Center)
Tournament: Hampton Inn Invitational
Records: VCU 0-2, Louisville 2-0

The short story: Junior libero Rebekah Strange collected 24 digs to lead defensive-minded VCU, which dropped a tightly contested match to 23rd-ranked Louisville Friday in Bowling Green, Ohio.
 
OPENING VOLLEY
  • VCU stayed in the match thanks to stout defense. The Rams dug 66 balls in the contest and limited the Cardinals to a .173 hitting percentage. In addition to Strange, junior Alica Kandler recorded 15 digs.
  • Freshman outside hitter CeCe Madison booked her first career double-double with a team-high 10 kills and 10 digs for the Black and Gold.
  • Freshman Jasmin Snead added four kills and four blocks, while freshman setter Tyler Sroufe contributed 26 assists.
  • Melanie McHenry led all players with 11 kills for Louisville.
HOW IT HAPPENED
  • It was a back-and-forth match throughout. The Rams grabbed a 20-19 lead in the opening set following a kill by Julia Adler, but a 4-0 burst by the Cardinals, including a kill by McHenry, pushed Louisville in front for good at 23-20.
  • The Rams eyed an equalizer in the second, jumping to a 20-12 lead before Louisville staged a dramatic rally on the way to a 25-23 win.
  • VCU owned advantages in digs (66-58), service aces (5-4), but the Cardinals held the Rams to a .091 hitting percentage.
QUOTABLE
"I'm proud of how our girls competed today. We're more athletic and bigger than we've been since I've been here, but we're young, and we're going to need a little time to figure it out. It's going to come together. We're just going to go get ready and try to come back and get a W tomorrow." – Head Coach Jody Rogers.
 
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU concludes play at the Hampton Inn Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 27 when it takes on Oakland at 11:30 a.m. at the Stroh Center. 
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