WILLIAM & MARY RALLIES TO STUN VCU, 3-2; CAA TOURNAMENT FATE IN LIMBO

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University received 14 kills from sophomore Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.), but the Rams couldn't hold off determined William & Mary in a 3-2 (18-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-20, 15-11) loss Friday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

The loss drops the Rams to 11-19 overall and, more importantly, to 9-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association. VCU would have clinched one of four CAA Tournament bids with a victory, but will have to sweat out the weekend. Delaware has clinched the No. 1 overall seed. James Madison, George Mason, Northeastern and Georgia State all entered the weekend with an 8-4 record and two matches to play. The Rams own head-to-head tiebreakers with the JMU, Mason and GSU, while Northeastern has the nod over VCU.
 
Despite playing in its season finale, William & Mary (11-15, 4-10 CAA) refused to fold when faced with 1-0 and 2-1 deficits. Erin Skipper led the Tribe with 17 kills, while Gina Lang and Lindsay Kresch provided 15 apiece.
 
In addition to Boyd, seniors Kelsie Clegg (Boise, Idaho) and Mariel Frey (Lititz, Pa.), as well as junior Jessica Ojukwu (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and sophomore Jasmine Waters all spiked nine kills for the Rams. VCU recorded 15 blocks in the match, including seven apiece by Frey, Waters and Clegg.
 
Lang and Skipper combined for five of William & Mary's eight kills in the fifth and deciding set. They did so efficiently, committing one error in nine attempts. The Tribe hit .412 in the fifth, while the Rams hit .100.
 
VCU grabbed a 2-1 lead in the match, but watched the Tribe rally for a 25-20 victory in the fourth set to even the match. Skipper and Ginny Bray sandwiched kills around a Rams' hitting error to give William & Mary a 15-12 lead. VCU could get no closer than two points the rest of the frame.
 
The Rams return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. when they host Hampton in a non-conference tilt at the Siegel Center.
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