SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT; VCU ROLLS TO 18TH STRAIGHT WIN

Score: VCU 3, George Mason 0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-19)
Location: Fairfax, Va. (Recreation and Athletic Center)
Records: 21-2 (7-0 A-10), George Mason 6-14 (2-5)

The short story: The beat goes on for VCU. Outside hitters Gina Tuzzolo and Alica Kandler combined for 23 kills as the Rams' offense overpowered George Mason Saturday night. VCU has won 18 straight matches, the nation's longest active win streak.

OPENING VOLLEY

  • VCU's offense was humming from wire-to-wire Saturday. The Rams hit .357 in the match, their second-best mark of the year and hit .480 and .381 in the second and third sets, respectively.
  • Tuzzolo led the way with 12 kills while hitting .455 for the Rams. Kandler kicked in 11 kills and hit .333.
  • Sophomore middle blocker Jasmin Sneed was a perfect 7-for-7 on attacks and also recorded two blocks for VCU. Junior middle Tori Baldwin rang up six blocks.
  • Senior libero Rebekah Strange registered 15 digs in just three sets of action.
  • Jordan Glass led the Patriots with eight kills.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU outhit the Patriots .357-.105.
  • The Rams' blocking continued to dominate. VCU booked 10 more blocks against Mason and doubled up the Patriots in that category 10-5.
  • VCU also owned a 44-36 advantage in digs.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • In three sets Saturday, VCU trailed a total of one time.
  • VCU has swept all seven of its conference matches and the Rams are 27-1 in their last 28 sets. The Rams have not lost a match since Sept. 1
  • The Rams recorded 22.5 blocks in just six sets of work this weekend.
  • Saturday's match was the third (of seven) conference matches in which VCU hit better than .300.

NEXT UP
VCU will hit the road again and take on Fordham on Friday, Oct. 20 at noon in the Bronx, N.Y.

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STRANGE DIGS OUT A-10 AWARD
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BALDWIN, SNEED NET A-10 AWARDS
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