DELAWARE HALTS VCU WIN STREAK, 3-1
RICHMOND, Va. – Junior Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) set career highs for kills and digs, but it wasn't enough for Virginia Commonwealth University to slow down Delaware, which walked away with a 3-1 (25-19, 25-15, 21-25, 25-19) win Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
Boyd was VCU's primary option on offense Saturday. The 6-2 outside hitter accounted for nearly half of the Rams' kills (22) and a third of VCU's attacks (52). She also recorded a career-high 13 digs, two blocks and hit .269 in the match.
Junior middle blocker Jasmine Waters (Landover, Md.) registered six blocks, including a solo, for the Rams, while classmate Anett Farkas (Budapest, Hungary) contributed nine kills. Defensively, senior Amanda Friday (Springfield, Va.) booked a match-high 20 digs, while junior Marisa Low (Carlsbad, Calif.) added 15. Sophomore setter Ciara Brown (Fort Myers, Fla.) came off the bench to hand out 21 assists in two sets.
Delaware's Chelsea Lawrence was a constant source of frustration for the Black and Gold. Lawrence spiked 18 kills and hit .586 in 29 attempts. Katie Hank also connected on 15 kills for the Blue Hens.
VCU quickly fell behind in the match, 2-0, but managed to fight its way back into contention. A pair of kills from Boyd early in the third set helped VCU push to a 7-3 lead the Rams would not relinquish on the way to a 25-21 victory. The Black and Gold hit .314 in the frame.
The Rams jumped out to an early 8-6 advantage in the fourth before UD found its rhythm. Later, VCU committed four unforced errors during a 5-0 Delaware run that allowed the Blue Hens to open up a 15-11 lead. The Rams would get no closer than two points the rest of the way.
VCU, in the midst of a four-match homestand, will return to action on Friday, Oct. 21 when it welcomes James Madison to the Verizon Wireless Arena at 7 p.m. The Rams will look to avenge a 3-1 loss to the Dukes on Sept. 24 in Harrisonburg, Va.