VCU CLAIMS SHARE OF A-10 CROWN WITH 24TH STRAIGHT WIN

Score: VCU 3, Duquesne 1 (25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 25-21)
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa. (Palumbo Center)
Records: VCU 27-2 (13-0 A-10), Duquesne 12-15 (7-6)

The short story: Three VCU players provided double-digit kills, led by sophomore Gina Tuzzolo's 14, as the Rams clinched at least a share of their first Atlantic 10 Conference regular season title Sunday. VCU has won 24 straight matches, the longest such streak in the country.

OPENING VOLLEY

  • Tuzzolo hit .235 on the day and was party to four of VCU's 14 blocks on the day.
  • Sophomore Vicky Giommarini and senior Alica Kandler added 11 and 10 kills, respectively, for VCU. Kandler added 17 digs to register her third straight double-double.
  • VCU's blocking was dominant. The Rams' starting middle blockers, junior Tori Baldwin and sophomore Jasmin Sneed, both recorded seven blocks apiece. They also combined for 14 kills.
  • Meanwhile, senior libero Rebekah Strange and sophomore defensive specialist Madalon Simpson provided a combined 38 digs.
  • Molly Davet spiked 12 kills for Duquesne.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU outblocked Duquesne 14-4, and the Rams limited the Dukes to a .119 hitting percentage on the day.
  • While VCU surrendered just its third set in conference play in Sunday's match, the Rams closed the book on Duquesne with an 8-2 burst in the fourth set. Trailing 19-17, a kill by Kandler, followed by back-to-back double blocks by Sneed and junior Julia Adler, gave the Rams a 20-19 advantage. They would not trail again.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • VCU's 13 conference wins this season are the most in program history.
  • The Rams' 27 victories this year are tied (with the 2009 team) for VCU's most since 1985.
  • Baldwin's 151 blocks this year are fifth-most in a single season in program history. Sneed is currently seventh on that list with 147. The program single-season record is 172.
  • Baldwin has also moved into third on VCU's career blocks list with 378. She trails only Ivana Rich (384) and Kelsie Clegg (434).
  • VCU opponents are hitting .128 this season.

NEXT UP
VCU will conclude its regular season against Davidson at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m.

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