VCU STREAK CONTINUES INTO NOVEMBER AS RAMS TOP LA SALLE

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.

OPENING VOLLEY

  • 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.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • 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.

NEXT UP
VCU will take on Duquesne on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

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