MCLETCHIE, SROUFE POWER VCU TO FIRST WIN

Score: VCU 3, New Orleans 1 (25-15, 25-16, 21-25, 25-19)
Location: Fort Myers, Fla. (Alico Arena)
Tournament: FGCU Hilton Garden Inn Invitational
Records: VCU 1-3, UNO 1-4

The short story: Sophomore outside hitter Sahbria McLetchie blasted a career-high 23 kills and freshman setter Tyler Sroufe directed an efficient VCU attack to spur the Rams to a 3-1 victory over New Orleans Friday in the FGCU Hilton Garden Inn Invitational.
 
OPENING VOLLEY
  • McLetchie committed just five errors in 42 swings and hit .429 in the match.
  • Sroufe directed a VCU offense that hit .305. She handed out 51 assists on the day and also dug nine balls.
  • Sophomore Julia Adler also reached double figures in kills with 10, while classmate Tori Baldwin hit .462 with eight kills and two blocks.
  • Freshman Jasmin Sneed spiked seven kills and recorded four blocks for the Rams.
HOW IT HAPPENED
  • The Rams limited the Privateers to a .053 hitting percentage. No New Orleans player registered more than six kills.
  • VCU jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a dominant, 25-15 victory in the opening set. New Orleans managed just five kills and committed seven hitting errors in the frame. VCU, meanwhile, hit .343
  • The Black and Gold used a 5-0 burst, spurred by a pair McLetchie kills, to take a commanding 19-11 lead in the second set on the way to a 25-16 win.
  • VCU out dug UNO 57-36 and owned a 6-2 advantage in service aces.
QUOTABLE
"A whole bunch of people hit really well today, and the chemistry was back to where it should be, and the consistency was there for us. Tyler Sroufe did a nice job running the offense, and the ball control was there for us. Sahbria McLetchie was a difference-maker today. Our next game is going to be a huge test. Delaware is athletic as well. We can't get complacent. We need to keep getting better every day." – VCU Head Coach Jody Rogers
 

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU returns to action in the FGCU Hilton Garden Inn Invitational at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday when it faces former CAA-rival Delaware. 

 

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