BALDWIN SETS BLOCKS MARK, BUT RAMS STOPPED BY HOKIES

Score: Virginia Tech 3, VCU 0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-21)
Location: Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
Records: Virginia Tech 9-1, VCU 4-7

The short story: Senior middle blocker Tori Baldwin became VCU's career leader in total blocks, but Virginia Tech topped the Rams Tuesday night in Blacksburg.

FIRST SERVE

  • Baldwin finished with four blocks and five kills on the evening. She entered Tuesday's match needing two blocks to surpass Kelsie Clegg (434) atop VCU's all-time list
  • Junior outside hitter Vicky Giommarini led the Rams with 15 kills and nine digs, while hitting .357
  • Junior opposite Gina Tuzzolo added 10 kills, while classmate Madalon Simpson was credited with 16 digs
  • Jaila Tolbert hit .625 with 10 kills and four blocks for Virginia Tech

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Virginia Tech hit .301 in the match, including .333 in the second set
  • Meanwhile, the VCU offense never got on track. The Rams hit .118 in the match, including .037 in the first set as the Hokies jumped out in front with a 25-16 win. VCU was plagued by 24 hitting errors in the match
  • Virginia Tech owned an 8-7 advantage in blocks

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Baldwin has piled up 437 blocks in three-plus seasons as a Ram, including 171 last year on her way to an AVCA All-Region honor
  • The career blocks mark might not be Baldwin's for long. Teammate Jasmin Sneed, a junior, has recorded 388 blocks so far in her career

NEXT UP
The Rams are currently scheduled to host Virginia on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. on Day One of the VCU Invitational. VCU will be closely monitoring the weather forecast and will be prepared to make changes to the schedule, if necessary.