RAMS SWEEP DUKES, EXTEND NATION’S LONGEST WIN STREAK

Score: VCU 3, Duquesne 0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-23)
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 18-2 (4-0 A-10), Duquesne 7-12 (2-3)

The short story: Sophomore outside hitters Gina Tuzzolo and Vicky Giommarini combined for 21 kills as VCU swept past Duquesne to extend its win streak, the nation's longest, to 15 matches Friday night at the Siegel Center.

OPENING VOLLEY

  • Friday's victory was also the 500th of VCU Coach Jody Rogers' career. She is 500-234 in 21 seasons, including 94-54 in five years with the Rams.
  • Tuzzolo chalked up six kills in the first set alone and finished with 11 on 20 swings. She also provided six blocks to a dominant VCU effort at the net.
  • Giommarini added 10 kills and hit .300.
  • Junior middle Tori Baldwin recorded seven more blocks Friday for VCU. She has now surpassed 100 blocks for the third straight season.
  • Senior outside hitter Alica Kandler added five kills, six digs and three service aces, while senior libero Rebekah Strange dug 10 balls for the Black and Gold.
  •  Abbie Trzeciak spiked 11 kills for Duquesne.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU outblocked the Dukes 10-1 and outhit Duquesne .284-.181.
  • Duquesne looked to claw back from an early deficit. The Dukes pushed ahead to a 20-18 lead in the third set, but back-to-back kills by Tuzzolo and Giommarini tied the frame a short time later at 21-21. Then, after trading points, VCU wrestled away the win on a Duquesne attack error and a service ace by Strange.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • VCU has not lost since a Sept. 1 match against Notre Dame. The Rams have recorded 10 sweeps during their win streak.
  • Both Baldwin and sophomore Jasmin Sneed reached the century mark in blocks for the season Friday. They are averaging career highs of 1.52 and 1.49 blocks per set, respectively.

NEXT UP
VCU will take on La Salle on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Siegel Center.

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