PLUCKY UCSB SLIPS PAST VCU 3-2  

Tournament: VCU Invitational
Score: UCSB 3, VCU 2 (25-23, 21-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-13)
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 4-3, UCSB 5-1

The short story: Senior opposite Gina Tuzzolo (Newport News, Va.) led VCU with 13 kills, but it wasn't enough to hold off a dramatic comeback by visiting UC Santa Barbara Saturday night in the finale of the VCU Invitational.

OPENING VOLLEY

  • Tuzzolo was one of three Rams to record double-digit kills. She also provided three blocks
  • Senior Vicky Giommarini (Rome, Italy) added 12 kills, 15 digs, five blocks and a service ace for VCU, while junior Paula Neciporuka (Kuldiga, Latvia) kicked in 11 kills
  • On the back row, senior Madalon Simpson (Louisville, Ky.) recorded 18 digs for the Black and Gold
  • UCSB's Vivao Romoni led all players with 20 kills and also supplied 17 digs and four blocks

THE DIFFERENCE

  • UCSB used a 5-0 burst to take control of the fifth set 14-12. Torre Glasker spiked two kills during the match-shifting run. Moments later, Deni Wilson clinched the match for the Gauchos with a kill
  • The Gauchos rallied back from a 14-11 deficit to capture the first set 25-23. UCSB later trailed 2-1 in the match before grabbing the fourth and fifth frames in dramatic fashion
  • The Rams hit just .105 in the fifth set

NOTABLE

  • The loss snapped VCU's three-match win streak
  • Tuzzolo was named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts
  • The fifth set featured seven ties and seven lead changes

NEXT UP
VCU will host Virginia Tech on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Siegel Center. That match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

DUKES TOP RAMS 3-1
September 17, 2019 DUKES TOP RAMS 3-1