MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Junior Jasmine Waters (Landover, Md.) and senior Courtney Hott (Fredericksburg, Va.) became the two top blockers in school single-season history in Saturday's 3-0 (25-21, 27-25, 25-19) loss at Middle Tennessee State at Memorial Gymnasium.
Waters recorded seven blocks in the match, including one solo, to finish the year with 157 and tie former teammate Kelsie Clegg for the most in school single-season history. Additionally, Waters' final kills-per-set mark of 1.23 shattered Emely Bigge's 1992 record of 1.17. Waters has recorded 228 blocks in two seasons in a VCU uniform.
Hott, meanwhile, added two more rejections in Saturday's loss. She logged 150 blocks this season, third in school history, and averaged 1.18 per set, which also surpassed Bigge's previous high water mark. Hott's 308 career blocks rank sixth all-time.
Senior Jessica Ojukwu (Sao Paulo, Brazil) blasted nine kills and hit .438 in her final VCU match to lead the Rams Saturday. Ojukwu finished her career with 971 kills, sixth in school history. Hott added eight kills and hit .615. Junior Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) provided nine kills and three blocks for the Black & Gold. Her 440 kills this year rank fifth in single-season history.
VCU hit .205 Saturday with nine blocks, but couldn't slow the balanced Blue Raider attack. Ashley Adams led MTSU with 12 kills, while three other players recorded at least eight. Middle Tennessee State out dug the Rams, 35-20.
The first set featured 17 ties and seven lead changes. The Blue Raiders used a 7-2 burst, sparked by two kills apiece by Adams and Oyinlola Oladinni, to turn a 19-19 tie into a 25-21 victory.
The second frame was even closer. Back-to-back kills by Ojukwu from freshman setter Cecilia Aragao (Recife, Brazil) tied the set at 24-all. Later, a Hott winner tied it again at 25-25. But Oladinni spiked a kill to snap the tie and combined with Morgan Peterson on a set-clinching block one play later.
In the third, VCU stormed to a 12-9 lead, only to watch MTSU rip off a 10-1 run on the way to a 25-19 win.
1-Jasmine Waters, 157 (2011)
1-Kelsie Clegg, 157 (2009)
3-Courtney Hott, 150 (2011)
VCU Single Season Blocks/Set
1-Jasmine Waters, 1.23 (2011)
2-Courtney Hott, 1.18 (2011)
3-Emely Bigge, 1.17 (1992)