SCORES: VCU 3, Middle Tennessee State 2 (18-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21, 15-10)
Richmond, Va. (Verizon Wireless Arena)
VCU 6-1, Middle Tennessee State 3-5

  • Senior Anett Farkas hit .750 with eight kills, two aces and two blocks in the final two sets to rally VCU from a 2-1 deficit. She finished with 15 kills, 10 digs, four aces and three blocks, while hitting .433.
  • The Rams charged to a 5-0 lead in the tiebreaking fifth set behind kills from freshmen Martina Samadan and Romana Kriskova, as well as a service ace from sophomore Cecilia Aragao. VCU never trailed in the fifth.
  • The Rams hit .485 in the fourth set and .412 in the tiebreaker on the way to victories.
  • Middle Tennessee State jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the first set on the way to a 25-18 win.
  • Ashley Adams (20 kills) and Chelsea Ross (19 kills) led the Blue Raiders.
  • Senior Kristin Boyd also had 15 kills for VCU, while Samadan had 11 and hit .588. Aragao finished with 48 assists as VCU hit .277.
  • Including Saturday's victory at N.C. State, VCU has won its last two matches in five sets.
  • Monday's win avenges 3-0 losses to MTSU in 2010 and 2011.
  • By beating Middle Tennessee State, the Rams now have two victories over school that finished in the top 50 in RPI last season. The Blue Raiders were 21-12 a year ago with an RPI of 48. VCU has also defeated Ball State, which was 36th last year.
"This was a really big win for us. They've been in the NCAA Tournament I don't know how many times and they're normally a top 40 in the country type of program, and they have another great team this year. For us, it was about character, our team digging down and being strong. We're down 2-1 and hit .412 and .485 to finish and really took over the match. Our girls didn't get rattled and stayed with their game plan. It's fun watching us play together."
"[Anett Farkas] passed very well, served great. It was really an outstanding performance. She was phenomenal blocking one-on-one. She gave us a lot of energy and fire and was a great leader out there."
-- VCU Head Coach James Finley

VCU will host Virginia on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Third Degree Sportswear Invitational at the Verizon Wireless Arena.