KANDLER LEADS CHARGING RAMS PAST MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE

Score: VCU 3, Maryland Eastern Shore 1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-21, 25-15)
Location: Princess Anne, Md. (Hytche Center)
Records: VCU 10-7, Maryland Eastern Shore 7-10

The short story: Junior Alica Kandler powered VCU to its seventh win in eight matches with 15 kills and 12 digs Tuesday night in Princess Anne, Maryland.
 
OPENING VOLLEY
  • Kandler hit .312 in the match to highlight an efficient VCU attack.
  • Freshman Vicky Giommarini continued her outstanding early play with 13 kills, while hitting .333 for the Black and Gold. Giommarini also served up three aces for VCU.
  • Three Rams recorded three blocks, including sophomore Julia Adler, who also chipped in with nine kills.
  • Maryland Eastern Shore's Zuzana Ondruskova led the Eagles with 14 kills and 12 digs. She hit .462.
THE DIFFERENCE
  • VCU controlled play across the board. The Rams outhit the Shore .215-.186 and owned advantages in aces (5-4), digs (48-42) and blocks (9-7).
  • The Rams were slow to warm up offensively, hitting .094 and .156 in the first and second sets, respectively. But in the third, VCU turned the corner. The Black and Gold hit a combined .316 in the final two sets as the Rams cruised to 25-21 and 25-15 triumphs.
  • VCU left little doubt down the stretch. Giommarini served throughout a 9-0 Rams' assault that pushed VCU out to an 11-2 lead early in the fourth set.
QUOTABLE
"We did a good job working through some mid-week fatigue tonight. We made some adjustments after the second set. Early on, we were having some trouble with ball control, and you saw the difference in the third and fourth sets. We were able to put some balls away. We start slow, and we need to work on that. But it was a 'W' and we need to focus on moving forward." – Coach Jody Rogers.
 
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU returns to Atlantic 10 Conference play on Friday, Sept. 30 when it heads to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to meet Duquesne at 7 p.m.
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