EASTERN MICHIGAN DIGS DEEP TO TOPPLE VCU

Score: Eastern Michigan 3, VCU 1 (25-19, 25-16, 24-26, 25-23)
Location: Charleston, S.C. (TD Arena)
Tournament: College of Charleston Classic
Records: VCU 3-6, Eastern Michigan 4-5

The short story: Alica Kandler led VCU with 13 kills, but Eastern Michigan's back-row play got the better of the Rams Saturday morning at the College of Charleston Classic.
 
OPENING VOLLEY
  • Kandler, a junior college transfer, posted her third double-double of the season for the Rams with 13 kills and 13 digs. She also served up one ace.
  • Sophomore Sahbria McLetchie posted 11 kills, nine digs and four blocks toward the VCU effort.
  • Freshman middle Jasmin Sneed was party to four of VCU's nine blocks on the day, while sophomore Tori Baldwin took part in three.
  • Devon Murray (12 kills) and Alysa Sutton (11 kills, 13 digs) supplied much of the Eagles' offense.
THE DIFFERENCE
  • Eastern Michigan outdug VCU 77-57, and five Eagles were credited with double-digit digs, including Mary Helen Beacom, who provided 18.
  • EMU's back-line play slowed the Rams' offensive attack. VCU was limited to a .103 hitting percentage in the match.
  • The Rams fought their way out of a 2-0 hole in the match with some timely blocking. In the third set, VCU rallied from a 24-22 deficit with four straight points, two of which came via Sneed blocks. A kill by sophomore Julia Adler completed the comeback.
  • VCU looked to even the match and pulled within 21-20 in the fourth set on a Baldwin solo block. But back-to-back kills by Murray and Sutton pushed EMU ahead 23-20. McLetchie sandwiched kills around an Eastern Michigan point to bring VCU within 24-23, but Sutton extinguished VCU's hopes with her 11th and final kill of the match on the ensuing play.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU will conclude play at the College of Charleston Classic later Saturday when it meets Charleston Southern at TD Arena.  
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