YOUNG RAMS TEST RED HOT FLYERS IN 3-1 LOSS

Score: Dayton 3, VCU 1 (25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21)
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 13-9 (4-2 A-10), Dayton 19-1 (6-0) 

The short story: Sophomore Julia Adler blasted 11 kills to help VCU mount a stout defense of its home court, but streaking Dayton held off the Rams Friday night at E.J. Wade Arena.

OPENING VOLLEY
  • VCU rallied from a 2-0 deficit to push the Flyers late into the fourth set before Dayton secured the win. Dayton came into Friday's match winners of seven in a row. The Flyers are currently listed 29th in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll.
  • Adler hit .429 in the match to bolster the VCU attack. Junior Alica Kandler added 11 kills and 10 digs.
  • Junior libero Rebekah Strange led three Rams with double-figure digs with 17.
  • VCU freshman setters Tyler Sroufe and Dajah Ard combined for 40 assists. Ard also kicked in 10 digs and an ace.
  • The Flyers, the defending A-10 Champions, were led by Kendyll Brown, who hit .526 with 12 kills and six blocks.
THE DIFFERENCE
  • The Flyers weathered a fierce comeback attempt by VCU in the third and fourth sets. The Rams threatened to force a fifth-set tiebreaker when they pulled within 21-20 in the fourth set. But Brown sandwiched a pair of kills around a VCU score, then watched as teammates Amber Erhahon and Jessica Sloan finished the job with kills.
  • VCU initially struck back in the third. The Rams held the Flyers to a -.128 hitting percentage in that frame. Although Dayton erased a five-point deficit to close within 21-20, freshman Jasmin Sneed responded for the Rams with back-to-back blocks on the way to a 25-22 win.
  • Dayton outhit the Rams .197-.139 in the match and outblocked VCU 13.5-9.0.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU will return to the court on Sunday, Oct. 16 when it meets Saint Louis in a critical A-10 match at noon at the E.J. Wade Arena. 
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