RAMS WIN 25TH STRAIGHT, CLINCH A-10 REGULAR SEASON CROWN

Score: VCU 3, Davidson 1 (25-10, 19-25, 25-15, 25-22)
Location: E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center
Records: VCU 28-2 (14-0 A-10), Davidson 10-17 (3-11)

The short story: Sophomore Jasmin Sneed supplied 14 kills and eight blocks to lead VCU to its 25th straight victory Saturday. With the win, VCU completes a perfect Atlantic 10 slate (14-0) to clinch the league's regular season crown for the first time. The Rams will be the No. 1 seed in the A-10 Tournament next weekend.

OPENING VOLLEY

  • Sneed turned in perhaps her best performance of the season, hitting .500 without committing an error in 28 swings.
  • Libero Rebekah Strange, honored before the match as one of three VCU seniors, dug a career-high 34 balls and served up three aces. She also served for VCU during an 8-0 run in the fourth set that gave the Rams a 21-19 advantage.
  • Sophomore Gina Tuzzolo provided 15 kills and six blocks, while hitting .297 for the Black and Gold.
  • Additionally, junior middle Tori Baldwin recorded six kills and six blocks, while sophomore setter Dajah Ard handed out 29 assists and booked 12 digs.
  • Emma McLaughlin led Davidson with 10 kills.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • The match appeared to be headed for a fifth set tiebreaker. Davidson used an 8-1 run, keyed by three Remi Lehnertz kills, to grab a 19-13 lead. But VCU senior Alica Kandler hammered a pair of kills and was party to a double block during an 8-0 VCU blitz that pushed the Rams back in front for good at 21-19.
  • VCU outhit Davidson .190-.035 and outblocked the Wildcats 14-5.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • VCU finished a conference regular season unbeaten for the first time, and the Rams' regular season title is the program's first since they claimed the CAA crown in 2009.
  • With her 34 kills today, Strange moved into sole possession on VCU's career digs list with 1,754. She trails only Griselle Lopez Pereira (2,088) and Laryssa Goncalves (1,844) on VCU's all-time list.
  • VCU opened the match with a 15-1 run in the first set.

NEXT UP
VCU will travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. for the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Nov. 17-19. The Rams will have a first round bye and will play the winner of the 4/5 match on Saturday, Nov. 18.

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