SNEED, BALDWIN POWER VCU, BUT SHOCKERS PULL PLUG ON VCU COMEBACK  

Score: Wichita State 3, VCU 2 (25-17, 15-25, 25-18, 10-25, 15-9)
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 0-3, Wichita State 3-0 

The short story: Junior middle blocker Jasmin Sneed gave Wichita State fits at the net, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Shockers Monday night in Richmond.

FIRST SERVE

  • Sneed terrorized Wichita State in the middle with nine blocks, including back-to-back solo rejections in the fourth set. The junior from San Antonio, Texas also cleaned up a number of Wichita State overpasses with thunderous right-handed spikes. She registered 11 kills in the match and did not record an error. She hit .550.
  • Senior middle blocker Tori Baldwin hit .500 with seven kills and four blocks for the Black and Gold.
  • Senior Julia Adler also supplied 10 kills, while hitting .235, and seven blocks to the VCU cause, while junior Vicky Giommarini added 10 kills, 13 digs and three blocks.
  • Megan Taflinger led the Shockers with 15 kills. Defensively, libero Giorgia Civita made VCU work with a 30-dig effort.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Wichita State hit .333 in the fifth-set tiebreaker on the way to the win. The Shockers used a 4-1 burst, sparked by two Tabitha Brown kills, to take an 8-4 lead at the switch. VCU briefly pulled within 8-6, but WSU's Emma Wright helped push the Shockers to an 11-6 margin with a block and a kill on back-to-back plays. The Rams never recovered
  • While the Rams struggled to gain traction in the first and third sets, VCU looked dominant in the second and fourth, hitting .464 and .267, respectively, in those two frames.
  • Wichita State outdug VCU 75-64, which helped the Shockers overcome the Rams' 15-3 margin in blocks.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • With nine blocks Monday, Sneed sits just outside VCU's career top five with 346.
  • Baldwin (410) now needs 25 blocks to become the Rams' all-time leader in the category
  • It was an uneven match by both teams. Although they needed five sets to decide the contest, the Shockers and Rams combined for just four lead changes on the evening.

NEXT UP
VCU will head up I-95 to take on host Seton Hall on Friday, Aug. 31 in Day One of the Seton Hall Classic in South Orange, N.J.

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