TOWSON SNAPS VCU WIN STREAK 3-1

Score: Towson 3, VCU 1  (25-17, 25-22, 26-28, 25-17)
Location: Towson, Md. (SECU Arena)
Records: VCU 8-7, Towson 12-2

The short story: Freshman Jasmin Sneed and sophomore Sahbria McLetchie enjoyed prolific nights, combining for 28 points, but it wasn't enough for VCU to hold off a red hot Towson team Tuesday night.

OPENING VOLLEY

  • VCU, which had won five straight entering Tuesday's match, saw the Tigers hit .345 on the way to victory.
  • McLetchie smacked 12 kills and hit .440 to back the VCU offense. Sneed, meanwhile recorded eight blocks, including three solos. She added nine kills and hit .778 for good measure.
  • Gina Tuzzolo added seven kills and committed just one error in 20 swings for VCU.
  • Junior Rebekah Strange, who was named the Atlantic 10 Conference's Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, collected 16 more digs for the Rams.
  • Jessica Lewis led five Towson players with double-digit kills with 18. She hit .429 in the match, while setter Marrisa Wonders handed out 55 assists.
THE DIFFERENCE
  • The Rams could not slow the Towson attack. The Tigers hit .325 or better in each set, including .378 in the match-clinching fourth.
  • Towson was also bolstered by a 63-46 advantage in digs.
  • VCU led the second set 21-19, but back-to-back service aces by Jocelyn Kuilan keyed 6-1 Towson run to close the frame.
  • The Rams kept their hopes alive in the third, using consecutive solo blocks by Sneed and Vicky Giommarini to snap a 26-all tie and force a fourth set.
  • VCU's hopes were dashed in the fourth when the Tigers, spurred by two kills each by Payton Windell and Lewis, staged a 6-2 run to assume a 19-14 lead. The Rams could get no closer than three points the rest of the way.
QUOTABLE
"They a couple seniors that tore us up a bit. That's a seasoned team, and they executed better than us. We didn't capitalize at certain points of the match. Sahbria played really well and Jasmin made plays. We just need to get better in the 6-2 before we play Davidson this weekend. We didn't capitalize on certain situations and we need to get better at that and get better on the offensive side." – VCU Coach Jody Rogers
 
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU returns home to kick off conference play against Davidson on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. 
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