August 25, 2012

RAMS COMPLETE PERFECT WEEKEND WITH 3-1 DEFEAT OF GARDNER-WEBB

SCORES: VCU 3, Gardner-Webb 1 (25-22, 25-16, 20-25, 25-20)
LOCATION:
Muncie, Ind. (Active Ankle Challenge – Worthen Arena)
RECORDS:
VCU 3-0, Gardner-Webb 0-3

 HOW IT HAPPENED
  • VCU relied on superior blocking for the third straight match, recording 12.0. Freshman Martina Samadan led the way with eight rejections, while sophomore Janelle Sykes added seven blocks and five kills.
  • Senior Kristin Boyd led all players with 11 kills.
  • Samadan added seven kills, while senior Jasmine Waters supplied eight and hit .438.
  • VCU hit .216 for the match, while the Bulldogs could only manage a .078 mark. The Rams hit better than .265 in each of the three sets they won and -.040 in the third when Gardner-Webb earned 25-20 win. 
  • Sophomore Amanda Love shored up the back line with 16 digs.
 BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • The Rams swept three matches to win the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge. VCU also beat host Ball State Saturday and Illinois State Friday.
  • Samadan averaged 1.92 blocks per set for the weekend, while the Rams averaged 3.38 per set as a team.
  • Boyd led the Rams with 37 kills on the weekend, while Waters hit .522 (25-1-46) in three matches.
  • VCU is 3-0 for the first time since opening at 5-0 in 2009.
  • It's the Rams' first tournament victory since capturing the 2009 VCU/Third Degree Sportswear Invitational at the Verizon Wireless Arena with wins over Temple, St. John's, Wright State and East Carolina.
QUOTABLE
"Amanda Love did a great job of keeping the intensity up. She was a game-changer for us. Martina [Samadan] and Jasmine [Waters] both did an outstanding job and really scored for us when we had to have a kill to be able to finish the match, so it was really, really nice."
 
--Head coach James Finley
 
WHAT'S NEXT:
The Rams travel to the N.C. State Invitational Aug. 31-Sept. 1 in Raleigh, N.C. VCU will open with Kent State on Friday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. The Rams will also take on the host Wolfpack and South Florida.
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