Score: VCU 3, Rhode Island 0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-18)
Location: Kingston, R.I. (Ryan Center)
Records: VCU 23-2 (9-0 A-10), Rhode Island 9-13 (4-6)
The short story: Junior middle blocker Tori Baldwin proved to be a two-way threat and VCU hit .268 on the way to its 20th straight victory Sunday.
- Baldwin hit .556 with six kills and recorded four blocks for a VCU defensive front that was once again dominant.
- Junior outside hitter Julia Adler produced six kills in 10 swings, while sophomore Vicky Giommarini fired seven kills and dug five balls defensively.
- On the back row, senior libero Rebekah Strange recorded 23 digs in just three sets, an average of 7.7 per stanza.
- Senior outside hitter Alica Kandler provided nine kills, while sophomore Gina Tuzzolo kicked in eight for VCU.
- Live Lunde Fossdal spiked eight kills for Rhode Island.
- VCU, which entered the week as the nation's second-best team in defensive hitting percentage, bottled up the Rhode Island attack at the net and on the back row. VCU outhit the home squad to the tune .268-.080. Rhode Island hit just .025 in the third set.
- VCU owned a 48-40 advantage in digs and served up five aces to Rhody's four.
- Rhode Island's best chance to make a match of it came in the second, when a Jenna McGuire kill knotted the frame at 22-all. But Giommarini blasted a kill and Tuzzolo blocked Lunde Fossdal as VCU pushed ahead 24-22 on the way to the 25-23 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- VCU owns the nation's longest active win streak.
- The Black & Gold have swept all nine of their conference matches, and are 33-1 in their last 34 sets.
- With Sunday's win, VCU surpassed its A-10 victory total from a year ago (8-6). VCU's best A-10 finish is 11-3, which occurred in 2013.
The most important weekend of VCU's season-to-date awaits. VCU will host third-place Saint Louis (Oct. 27, 7 p.m.) and second-place Dayton (Oct. 29, 1 p.m.) at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Siegel Center in a pair of match-ups that could decide the conference regular season crown.