SAMADAN PUSHES VCU PAST BALL STATE 3-1

SCORES: VCU 3, Ball State 1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21)
LOCATION:
Muncie, Ind. (Worthen Arena – Active Ankle Challenge)
RECORDS:
VCU 2-0, Ball State 1-1

HOW IT HAPPENED
  • VCU recorded 17.5 blocks and held host Ball State to a .146 hitting percentage in the match.
  • Freshman Martina Samadan hit .688 with 11 kills and zero hitting errors and provided eight blocks.
  • The Rams also got eight blocks from senior Jasmine Waters and 12 kills by senior Kristin Boyd in the win.
  • Senior Anett Farkas provided a solid all-around performance with seven kills, eight digs and six blocks.
  • VCU trailed 14-10 in the fourth set, but scored four straight points out of a timeout, with kills provided by Romana Kriskova, Farkas and Boyd, to knot the frame at 14-14.
  • The Rams closed the fourth on a 4-0 burst, including two kills and a block by Samadan to cement a 25-21, match-clinching win.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • This win could pay dividends for the Rams down the road. Ball State was 25-8 a year ago with an RPI of 36.
  • VCU's victory avenges a 3-1 loss to the Cardinals on Sept. 17 last season at Michigan State.
  • The Rams are now 2-0 to start a season for the first time since beginning the 2009 campaign 5-0. VCU finished 27-9 that year.
QUOTABLE:
"Getting a win like this after we beat Illinois State yesterday was great. The thing is, when the selection committee is trying to decide on an at-large, you need these kind of big wins. To get one opening weekend is fantastic."
 
"We did some things really not well, but after we got into the second set, we relaxed and really started to play some great defense. Sami [Blaze] and [Amanda] Love did a great job of just cleaning the floor."
 
WHAT'S NEXT:

VCU concludes action at the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge Saturday evening at 4:30 p.m. against Gardner-Webb.  
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