WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Senior middle blocker Courtney Hott (Fredericksburg, Va.) led Virginia Commonwealth University with four kills and three blocks, but the Rams were overwhelmed by 13th-ranked Purdue, 3-0 (25-8, 25-20, 25-18), Saturday at the Mortar Board Premier at Holloway Gymnasium.
In the first meeting between these two teams since the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament, Purdue rose to the top behind a stout defense. The Boilermakers recorded nine blocks on the day, including four total blocks each by Rachel Davis and Tiffany Fisher. VCU struggled to find its rhythm offensively, hitting .036 on the day.
Despite the loss, Rams' Coach James Finley saw a number of reasons for optimism.
"This was a good match for us," Finley said. "We learned how to better use a scouting report and how good we can be in system. We still have a lot of work to do."
Junior Jasmine Waters (Landover, Md.) and senior Jessica Ojukwu (Sao Paulo, Brazil) each added four kills for the Rams. Ojukwu also provided nine digs.
Ariel Turner led all players with 10 kills for Purdue.
The Rams will get back to action at 5 p.m. Saturday evening when the meet Baylor in the Mortar Board Premier finale.