COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) and senior Jessica Ojukwu (Sao Paulo, Brazil) combined for 20 kills and 17 digs as Virginia Commonwealth University overpowered Quinnipiac, 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-17) in the finale of the Maryland Invitational Saturday at the Comcast Pavilion.
Boyd hit .435 in the match and blasted 11 kills. She also provided four service aces and eight digs. For her efforts, Boyd earned an All-Tournament selection. The junior outside hitter averaged 3.44 kills per set in three Maryland Invitational matches and hit .235. Boyd also averaged 1.78 digs and 0.78 blocks over the weekend.
As good as Boyd was Saturday evening, Ojukwu was just as good. The fifth-year senior spiked nine kills, dug nine balls and supplied a pair of solo blocks. She hit .280. Also for the Rams, junior Anett Farkas (Budapest, Hungary) had four kills in six attempts, while junior Jasmine Waters (Landover, Md.) was credited with six kills and a block. Freshman libero Amanda Love (Southfield, Mich.) led VCU's defensive effort with 12 digs.
The Rams were in control from the outset. VCU never trailed in the first set and the Rams were behind just twice in each of the final two frames.
VCU hit .384 for the match, while the Bobcats recorded a .033 mark. The Rams also outdug Quinnipiac, 42-27, outblocked the Bobcats, 6-1, and had eight service aces. The Black and Gold had just seven hitting errors in the match.
Kelby Cary and Tierra Allen each had seven kills to spur Quinnipiac.
The Rams return to the court on Tuesday, Sept. 6 when they head to Washington, D.C. to face Georgetown in a non-conference tilt at 7 p.m.