FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Senior Mariel Frey (Litiz, Pa.) and sophomore Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) blasted eight kills apiece, but 24th-ranked Long Beach State's vaunted offense was too much for the Rams Friday in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-19) loss at Colorado State's Moby Arena.
VCU junior Courtney Hott (Fredericksburg, Va.) hit .417 with six kills and a block for the Rams (1-12), while sophomore libero Marisa Low (Carlsbad, Calif.) added 10 digs and senior Kelsie Clegg (Boise, Idaho) was credited with seven blocks.
The Rams trailed, 11-4, in the second set before Low stepped to the service line to key a 7-0 burst. Low had a pair of aces during the run and kept the 49ers on their heels with her well-placed serves. However, three kills by Ledoux sparked an 8-2 LBSU run that pushed the 49ers back out to a 19-14 advantage.
Behind Frey and Boyd, VCU found its rhythm in the third set, when it stormed to a 12-9 lead. The Rams were clinging to a 14-12 advantage when Long Beach State changed gears. Ledoux, Haleigh Hampton and Michelle Osunbor each had a kill during a 5-0 burst that put the 49ers ahead to stay.
VCU hit .202 for the match and out blocked Long Beach State 8-6 on the day.
The Rams return to the floor on Saturday, Sept. 18 for a pair of matches at the University of Denver. VCU will take on the host Pioneers at 1 p.m. (EST) before it meets Middle Tennessee State at 7 p.m.