LYNCHBURG, Va. – Senior Courtney Hott (Fredericksburg, Va.) supplied nine kills and led a staunch defensive effort in Virginia Commonwealth University's 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-22) victory over Liberty Tuesday night at the Vines Center.
VCU has won a season-high three straight matches and four of its last five. The Rams improved to 8-12 overall. Liberty is 9-11. VCU has won all six meetings with Liberty in Rams' Head Coach James Finley's seven seasons at the helm.
Hott hit .368 to spark the Black and Gold on offense, but also provided five blocks, including a solo, to lead VCU up front. The Rams recorded 11 blocks on the evening.
Junior Jasmine Waters (Landsdown, Md.) led all players with six blocks for VCU, while outside hitters Jessica Ojukwu (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Kristin Boyd combined for 17 kills and seven blocks. Freshman setter Cecilia Aragao (Recife, Brazil) added 27 assists and six kills in 12 attempts. She did not commit an error.
The Rams entered the match as the Colonial Athletic Association's second-best blocking team and Tuesday's 11 rejections confirmed VCU's status among the elite. The Rams' long, athletic blockers helped stymie Liberty's stable of hitters. Three Flames hit negative for the match, and Liberty recorded a .032 percentage overall.
VCU also outdug Liberty, 54-47. Senior libero Amanda Friday (Springfield, Va.) led all players with 13 digs for VCU, while freshman defensive specialist Amanda Love (Southfield, Mich.) chipped in with 11.
Loren Thomas sparked the Flames with eight kills and three blocks.
The Rams are now set to return to the Verizon Wireless Arena for a critical homestand. VCU will host four straight CAA matches over the next two weekends, a stretch that will factor prominently in the league's tournament seeding. First up for the Black and Gold will be Towson, which visits on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.