Score: VCU 3, La Salle 0 (25-19, 26-24, 25-21)
Location: Philadelphia, Pa. (Tom Gola Arena)
Records: VCU 26-2 (12-0 A-10), La Salle 13-15 (3-9)
The short story: Senior Alica Kandler turned in a nearly flawless hitting performance and VCU continued its dominance against La Salle Friday night in Philadelphia. With the win, VCU extends the nation's longest active win streak to 23 matches.
- Kandler was dominant. The senior outside hitter spiked 13 kills on 17 attempts and hit .765. She also dug 11 balls and turned in two blocks.
- Additionally, junior middle blocker Tori Baldwin supplied seven kills and four blocks. Baldwin hit .455.
- Sophomore middle Jasmin Sneed registered six rejections for the Rams, while senior libero Rebekah Strange added 17 digs and one of VCU's six service aces.
- VCU sophomore setters Dajah Ard and Tyler Sroufe combined to set 36 aces for a VCU offense that hit .306.
- Madison Kuch recorded 14 kills to lead La Salle.
- VCU outhit the Explorers .309-.193 and outblocked La Salle 10-6.
- La Salle made things interesting in the second set. The Explorers rallied on a kill by Samantha Graver to tie the score at 24-all, but Kandler answered with one of her own, and a La Salle attacking error on the ensuing play sealed a 26-24 VCU win.
- VCU limited La Salle to .059 and .133 hitting percentages in the first and third sets, respectively.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- VCU improved to 12-0 all-time against La Salle with tonight's win, including 2-0 this season.
- The Rams have swept 11 of their 12 Atlantic 10 matches.
- VCU has not lost since Sept. 1.
- The Rams' 12 conference wins are tied for its most ever. The 2009 VCU team finished 12-2 in the CAA on the way to the regular season title.
VCU will take on Duquesne on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. in Pittsburgh, Pa.