HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Seniors Mariel Frey (Lititz, Pa.) and Kelsie Clegg (Boise, Idaho) combined for 20 kills and nine blocks to help Virginia Commonwealth University rally past upstart Hofstra Sunday at the Physical Education Building.
VCU improved to 10-17 overall and 8-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The victory allowed the Rams to move a half game into second place in the crowded CAA standings. Hofstra falls to 10-21, including 2-9 in the CAA.
Frey snapped an 11-11 tie in the fifth set with back-to-back kills. The Rams never trailed again and secured the victory with a 15-13 decision. Frey and Clegg combined for five kills and hit .500 in the tiebreaker. Sophomore Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) also spiked four kills in five swings in the fifth set for VCU.
Clegg hit .412 for the match and smacked nine kills. She was also credited with a match-high seven blocks. Frey hit .346 in the match and posted 11 kills and 16 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. The Rams also received 15 digs from sophomore libero Marisa Low (Carlsbad, Calif.).
VCU hit .194 for the match and outblocked the Pride 12.0 to 7.0.
Hofstra's Marina Markovic led all players with 18 kills, while Nikki Kinnier kicked in 13 kills and a pair of service aces.
The Rams trailed, 2-1, in the match, but hit .433 in the fourth set on the way to a 25-19 win to set up the dramatic fifth frame.
VCU returns to action on Friday, Nov. 5 when it hosts CAA-leader Delaware at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center at 7 p.m.