Texas A&M Invitational
Score: VCU 3, Texas State 0  (25-23, 32-30, 25-12)
Location: College Station, Texas (Reed Arena)
Records: VCU 1-0, Texas State 1-1

The short story: Sophomores Jasmin Sneed and Gina Tuzzolo combined for 18 kills and 13 blocks to power VCU's 3-0 win over Texas State in its 2017 season opener Friday at the Texas A&M Invitational.


  • VCU's size up front overwhelmed Texas State at points, and the Rams outblocked the Bobcats 15-4.
  • A native of San Antonio, Texas, Sneed hit .538 and provided eight kills, but it was her nine blocks that frustrated Texas State.
  • Tuzzolo picked up where her freshman season left off and supplied 10 kills and four blocks (two solos), while hitting .389.
  • Junior Tori Baldwin added nine kills, while sophomore Vicky Giommarini pitched in with eight. She committed just one hitting error in 13 swings Friday.
  • VCU hit .286 in the match, while Texas State was limited to a .051 mark.


  • Texas State hit .250 in the opening set, but the Rams limited the Bobcats to a -.036 hitting percentage the rest of the match.
  • VCU committed just one hitting error in the third set. The Bobcats, meanwhile, committed 12 errors in that frame.
  • VCU's setters served up assists on 36 of the Rams' 42 kills.

"Ever since we went to five [sets] with Dayton [last year], the goal has been to kill it in the middle, and the girls have worked really hard in the weight room with Tim Kontos, and it's beyond our expectations right now how they're playing. So, I want them to keep getting better and better every day and working hard towards our goal, which is to contend for a championship at the end of the year." – Coach Jody Rogers on VCU's blocking. 

VCU will take on Sam Houston State (11 a.m.) and host Texas A&M (7:30 p.m.) Saturday to conclude play at the Texas A&M Invitational.