DUQUESNE SNAPS VCU STREAK IN ATLANTIC 10 OPENER

SCORES: Duquesne 3, VCU 1 (24-26, 25-19, 19-25, 14-25)
LOCATION:
Pittsburgh, Pa. (A.J. Palumbo Center)
RECORDS:
VCU 12-2, 0-1 A-10, Duquesne 12-5, 1-0 A-10

TALKING POINTS
  • VCU, playing in the first Atlantic 10 Conference contest in school history, hit .125 on the way to its second loss of the season.
  • The Rams saw their seven-match winning streak snapped in the loss. It was the first defeat for a VCU fall sport (field hockey, volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer) since Sept. 1, a streak of 22 contests.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Despite 18.0 blocks, VCU was unable to overcome Duquesne's Arielle Love, who hit .481 with a match-high 14 kills.
  • The first set featured eight ties and two lead changes, but the Dukes pulled out the victory when a kill by Ashley Buse, followed by an Allison Foschia service ace snapped a 24-all tie.
  • In the third, with the match tied 1-1, Arielle Love sparked a 9-4 Duquesne run midway through the set to grab a commanding 20-15. The Dukes would hold on for a 25-19 win and a 2-1 match lead.
  • Plagued by 10 hitting errors, VCU hit -.071 in the fourth set as the Dukes cruised for a 25-14 victory.
  • Freshman Romana Kriskova spiked 14 kills, while senior Kristin Boyd added 12 to pace VCU. Freshman middle blocker Martina Samadan provided 11 blocks for the Rams, while sophomore libero booked 20 digs.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • The Rams have hit less than .200 twice this season, both losses.
  • VCU lost despite a season-high 18.0 blocks. The Rams have recorded 15.0 more blocks four times this season and are out blocking their opponents 164.5 to 87.0 this year.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU will meet George Washington on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in Washington, D.C. in A-10 action.
 
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