RAMS CRUISE PAST LIBERTY, WIN SEVENTH STRAIGHT  

Score: VCU 3, Liberty 0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-21)
Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Vines Center)
Records: VCU 10-2, Liberty 2-8

The short story: Sophomores Gina Tuzzolo and Vicky Giommarini combined for 21 kills and Madalon Simpson notched a career-high 18 digs to spur VCU to its seventh straight win Tuesday night at Liberty.

OPENING VOLLEY

  • Giommarini spiked a match-best 11 kills while hitting .308 in the match. She added seven digs, three blocks and a pair of service aces.
  • Tuzzolo provided 10 kills to the VCU offense, while senior Alica Kandler added eight and hit .208.
  • Sophomore setter Dajah Ard kept the VCU attack humming with 21 assists. She also dug six balls and fired three aces.
  • Two players recorded six kills to lead Liberty.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • While Liberty owned advantages in digs and blocks, the Rams kept the Flames from putting balls away. Liberty hit just .065 on the night, while VCU converted at a .185 rate.
  • Tuzzolo and Giommarini recorded four kills a piece in the first set as the Rams set the tone and took control with a 25-17 win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • VCU last trailed at 6-5 in the first set. The Rams did not trail again at any point Tuesday.
  • Giommarini has served up 17 aces in 12 matches this season. She recorded 28 in the entire 2016 season.
  • VCU's seven-match win streak is its longest since the 2013 season. The Rams' 10-2 mark is its best after 12 matches since that 2013 campaign, when VCU finished 26-8.

QUOTABLE
"Madalon Simpson came in tonight for Rebekah Strange and did a phenomenal job. Diamond Boxley came in and gave us a different look than Tori Baldwin, and that threw them off a bit. She did a great job making the middle follow her. I think this is the first game we were outblocked, but we sided out at a high percentage. We kept them on their toes. Everybody is contributing right now." – VCU Coach Jody Rogers.

NEXT UP
The Rams return home to host the VCU Invitational Sept. 15-16 at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. The Black and Gold will take on Bowling Green Friday at 7 p.m. to kick off the weekend.

 

 

GIOMMARINI WINS A-10 HONOR
October 9, 2017 GIOMMARINI WINS A-10 HONOR
STRANGE DIGS OUT A-10 AWARD
October 2, 2017 STRANGE DIGS OUT A-10 AWARD
BALDWIN, SNEED NET A-10 AWARDS
September 5, 2017 BALDWIN, SNEED NET A-10 AWARDS