VCU COMPLETES WEEKEND SWEEP, EARNS FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN

Score: VCU 3, Liberty 1 (26-24, 25-21, 13-25, 25-22)
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Tournament: VCU Invitational
Records: VCU 8-6, Liberty 5-7

The short story: Freshman Vicky Giommarini converted 17 kills and three players provided at least 11 digs in the Rams' win over Liberty Saturday night in the finale of the VCU Invitational.

OPENING VOLLEY

  • Junior Rebekah Strange, who earned an All-Tournament nod, led all players with 18 digs in the match. Her effort highlighted splendid back-row play by the Rams. Junior Alica Kandler dug 16 balls, while freshman Madalon Simpson added 11.
  • VCU has won five straight matches.
  • Giommarini, in addition to her match-high 17 kills, collected nine digs, three service aces and two blocks.
  • Freshman Jasmin Sneed joined Giommarini and Strange on the All-Tournament team. She added seven kills and four blocks to her weekend totals.
  • Freshman setter Tyler Sroufe handed out 38 assists and kicked in eight digs and two aces for the Black and Gold.
  • VCU overcame a strong defensive effort by Liberty, which owned a 17-7 edge in blocks.
  • Anna Gragg and Gabrielle Vess spiked 10 kills each for the Flames.
THE DIFFERENCE
  • VCU maintained its defensive effort in its final match of the weekend. The Rams held the Flames to a .113 hitting percentage.
  • The Rams built an early lead in the match when Sneed provided a kill to snap a 24-all tie in the first set. A Liberty hitting error on the next volley sealed 26-24 VCU victory.
  • The second set featured 10 ties and eight lead changes, but the Rams used a 7-0 burst, sparked by three Sahbria McLetchie kills, to take a commanding 20-14 lead on the way to a 25-21 win.
  • VCU shook off a rough third set and stormed to a 17-11 lead in the fourth on the way to a 25-22, match-clinching triumph.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
  • Strange averaged 5.40 digs per set during the tournament as VCU held its VCU Invitational opponents to a combined .090 hitting percentage.
  • Giommarini averaged 3.50 digs per set over the weekend.
  • The Rams have won eight of their last 11 matches since an 0-3 start.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU will travel to meet former CAA rival Towson on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.
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