UNIVERSITY PARK, Va. – Junior Courtney Hott (Fredericksburg, Va.) registered six blocks and sophomore Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) had eight kills carry Virginia Commonwealth University past Seton Hall, 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 25-17) Saturday at the Hampton Inn Classic at Penn State's Rec Hall.
Boyd came off the bench and hit .278 to bolster the Rams' attack. Boyd had her eight kills in her final 13 attempts. Senior Mariel Frey added 10 kills and three blocks for VCU, while sophomore libero Marisa Low (Carlsbad, Calif.) contributed 18 digs. Low had 10 digs in the first set alone as Seton Hall hit .102.
Sarah Osmun led all players with 18 kills for the Pirates.
Seton Hall nearly got back in the match during the second set, when back-to-back service aces by Megan Murison highlighted an 8-0 run to give the Pirates a 23-21 lead. Kills by senior Kelsie Clegg (Boise, Idaho) and freshman Ciara Brown (Fort Myers, Fla.) helped VCU tie the frame at 24-24. After trading points, VCU used a stout defensive effort, including a one-armed dig by Low, to force a pair of Seton Hall errors and capture a 27-25 win.
VCU returns to action later on Saturday evening when it meets top-ranked Penn State at 7 p.m.