SNEED, GIOMMARINI LEAD AS RAMS BLAST WOLFPACK  

Tournament: VCU Invitational
Score: VCU 3, N.C. State 0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-23)
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 3-2, N.C. State 2-1

The short story: Senior Vicky Giommarini (Rome, Italy) supplied a match-high 10 kills, while classmate Jasmin Sneed (San Antonio, Texas) led a dominant blocking attack in a VCU sweep of N.C. State Thursday.

OPENING VOLLEY

  • Giommarini racked up her 10 kills on 24 swings. She hit .292 in the match and recorded her second double-double of the week with 10 digs. She also provided four blocks and a service ace
  • Sneed, who set VCU's career blocks mark on Tuesday, registered a match-best nine blocks. She was one of three Rams to log at least five blocks in the match
  • Graduate transfers Jaelyn Jackson (South Chesterfield, Va.) and Kat Young (Chantilly, Va.) provided seven kills apiece to the VCU cause. Jackson also booked five blocks
  • Daniela McDonald paced N.C. State with nine kills

THE DIFFERENCE

  • For the second straight match, VCU racked up 15 or more blocks in just three sets. The Rams outblocked the Wolfpack 15.5 to 5 overall
  • N.C. State could do little against VCU's defense, which also dug 45 balls. The Wolfpack hit .083 in the match, including .022 in the third set
  • Giommarini recorded kills on all five of her attempts in the first set as the Rams hit .765 to open the match. VCU spiked 13 kills in 17 attacks and did not record a hitting error in the frame

NOTABLE

  • Thursday's match marked the opening day of the VCU Invitational, which continues with three matches each Friday and Saturday
  • Sneed is averaging 1.88 blocks per set through five matches. The San Antonio native ranked fourth nationally in 2018 at 1.70 blocks per set

NEXT UP
VCU will host Alabama on Friday at the Siegel Center at 6 p.m.

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