BIG NIGHTS FROM STRANGE, GIOMMARINI, FUEL VCU COMEBACK WIN

Score: VCU 3, William & Mary 2 (19-25, 24-26, 25-21, 25-13, 15-11)
Location: Williamsburg, Va. (Kaplan Arena)
Records: VCU 5-6, William & Mary 4-6

The short story: Freshman Vicky Giommarini spiked 13 kills in the final three sets and senior Rebekah Strange recorded 30 digs in the match as VCU rallied from a 2-0 deficit to shock William & Mary Tuesday night at Kaplan Arena. 
 
OPENING VOLLEY
  • Giommarini finished with a match-high 22 kills and hit .233 for the Rams.
  • Strange, who dug eight and seven balls in the third and fourth sets, respectively, as VCU initiated its comeback, topped her previous career-high of 28 digs, set just a week ago.
  • Sophomore Sahbria McLetchie blasted 16 kills and hit .302 for the Rams, while freshman Jasmin Sneed provided eight kills and eight blocks.
  • Strange was one of four VCU players to record double-digit digs. Freshman Madalon Simpson continued her outstanding early play with 20 digs and three aces.
  • VCU freshman setter Tyler Sroufe handed out 53 assists and booked 13 digs and three blocks.
  • Paige Humphrey led the Tribe with 12 kills while hitting .323.
THE DIFFERENCE
  • VCU hit .333 in the final set and received three kills each from Giommarini and McLetchie on the way to the 15-11 win.
  • After hitting .128 in the first two sets, both William & Mary victories, the Rams hit .300 in the final three and committed just nine hitting errors over that period.
  • Despite the 3-2 match score, VCU was in complete control down the stretch. The Rams never trailed in the final two sets and William & Mary managed to tie the score just once (3-3 in the fifth) during that time.
  • Giommarini provided all three of her kills in the fifth set during a pivotal 5-2 burst that pushed VCU in front 11-7. William & Mary would get no closer than three the rest of the way.
QUOTABLE
"They fought, and it was awesome. It was a great feeling to see them come together and win the match. It was a great team match. Rebekah Strange was awesome and so was Madalon Simpson. Jasmin Sneed shut down their best player. She was great in her match-up tonight. Vicky played an amazing match. She had some key blocks that really helped us turn the corner. We just wanted to win tonight so we could get ready for this weekend." – VCU Coach Jody Rogers
 
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
  • Strange became the first Ram with 30 digs since Marisa Low dug 31 balls on Oct. 16, 2009 against William & Mary.
  • Tuesday's comeback marked the first time VCU has overcome a 2-0 deficit to win since Sept. 14, 2013 at Tennessee.
  • VCU's 88 digs were the program's most since it collected 93 on Nov. 16, 2012.
WHAT'S NEXT
The Rams return home to host the VCU Invitational Sept. 16-17 at the Siegel Center. Middle Tennessee State, Morgan State and Liberty will visit the Black and Gold. MTSU kicks off VCU's  weekend on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.
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