RAMS DROP SACRED HEART, COAST TO FIRST 12-1 START IN PROGRAM HISTORY

SCORES: VCU 3, Sacred Heart 0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-20)
LOCATION:
West Point, N.Y. (Gillis Field House); West Point Challenge
RECORDS:
VCU 12-1, Sacred Heart 2-10

HOW IT HAPPENED
  • VCU hit a season-high .476 on the way to its seventh straight victory. The Rams committed just five hitting errors in the match.
  • Senior Anett Farkas hit .600 with nine kills, while freshman Martina Samadan had eight kills and hit .636 and senior Jasmine Waters provided seven kills and hit .778.
  • VCU never trailed in either of the first two sets.
  • Sophomore setter Cecilia Aragao handed out 32 assists and added seven digs.
  • The Rams out blocked Sacred Heart 15-0 and limited the Pioneers to a .035 hitting percentage.
  • The lone blemish on VCU's performance was 13 service errors.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • VCU improved to 12-1 for the first time in school history with Sunday's win. The Rams have won seven straight matches, the program's longest streak since a 10-match stretch in 2009.
  • The Rams' .476 hitting percentage is VCU's best since hitting .482 against Hampton Sept. 7, 2002. The Rams' five hitting errors were the fewest by VCU in a match since at least the 2000 season.
  • VCU won all four of its non-conference tournaments this season.
  • Samadan hit .511 and averaged 2.70 kills and 1.30 blocks per set in three West Point Challenge matches and was named Tournament MVP. Freshman Romana Kriskova and senior Kristin Boyd were also selected to the All-Tournament Team.
  • VCU hit .295 in the tournament and out blocked its opponents 32-6.
  • Aragao averaged 11.30 assists per set during the tournament.
QUOTABLE
"We set goals for today and beat all the goals we set. The only thing we didn't do well was we had too many service errors, but we were trying to be aggressive. It was a good team effort. We worked through some things. It was really nice that our starters were so excited for our girls coming off the bench. Great to see them be good teammates. There was a consistency and determination to win out there."
 
-- VCU Head Coach James Finley
 
WHAT'S NEXT

VCU begins play in the Atlantic 10 Conference next weekend when it meets Duquesne in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Friday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.
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