Score: VCU 3, Dayton 2 (25-23, 21-25, 25-20, 17-25, 15-13)
Location: A.J. Palumbo Center (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Records: VCU 30-2, Dayton 23-8
The short story: VCU women's volleyball took a thrilling five-set match over Dayton to win its first Atlantic 10 Championship, and its first conference title since 2005, at the A.J. Palumbo Center on Sunday afternoon.
- Sophomore Vicky Giommarini recorded a double-double of 16 kills and 15 digs on her way to being named Most Outstanding Performer of the tournament.
- Junior Tori Baldwin, senior Rebekah Strange, and sophomore Gina Tuzzolo all joined Giommarini on the All-Tournament team.
- The Rams extended the nation's longest win streak to 27 matches.
- Senior Alica Kandler also notched a double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs.
- VCU blocked 13 attacks, led by sophomore Jasmin Sneed who had nine, four of which were solo. Baldwin added four of her own.
- Strange matched Giommarini's dig total with 15.
- Junior Julia Adler smashed 10 kills, hitting .286 for the match.
- Sophomores Dejah Ard and Tyler Sroufe split setting responsibilities, tallying 27 and 23 assists, respectively.
- In a tight first set, Dayton rallied from a five-point defecit to tie the match at 23-23. Sneed and Tuzzolo delivered a massive block, followed by a service ace from Tuzzolo to win the set.
- VCU jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third set, powered by kills from Giommarini and Tuzzolo. The Rams extended the advantage to 13-3 with help from a pair of powerful kills from Kandler. Baldwin would finish off the set with a sharp spike at the net.
- Neither team led the deciding fifth set by more than two points. VCU took a timeout with Dayton leading 13-12, then scored the final three points of the match. After a Flyers ball handling error, Sneed turned in an emphatic solo block before Kandler delivered the championship-clinching kill.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- In a back-and-forth match that saw 10 lead changes and 29 tied scores, both teams hit .207 for the contest.
- While VCU hit .207 for the match, it hit .378 and .326 in the first and third sets, respectively.
- The Rams' defense limited A-10 Player of the Year Amber Erhahon to just a .115 hitting percentage.
The Rams will learn their next opponent during the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championships selection show on Sunday, Nov. 26. The selection show will be aired on ESPNU at 9 p.m.