September 6, 2013

RAMS FLIRT WITH UPSET AT #21 KENTUCKY

Score: #21 Kentucky 3, VCU 2 (24-26, 25-15, 20-25, 25-19, 15-12)
Location:
Lexington, Ky. (Memorial Coliseum)
Tournament:
Kentucky Classic
Records:
VCU 4-1, Kentucky 2-2

TALKING POINTS
  • VCU flirted with the program's first win over a ranked team before No. 21 Kentucky rallied for a 3-2 win Friday night in Lexington.
  • Junior setter Cecilia Aragao turned in a splendid all-around effort to spark the Rams. The Recife, Brazil native was credited with 33 assists, 13 digs, eight blocks, six kills and two aces.
  • The Rams kept the Wildcats, a Sweet 16 team a season ago, on their heels with 16.0 blocks, including eight from junior Janelle Sykes and seven by freshman Nora Reed. Romana Kriskova added 17 kills to pace the VCU offense.
  • The Rams led the match 2-1, but Kentucky hit .323 on the way to a 25-19 win in the fourth set to tie the contest.
  • In the fifth set, VCU battled to a 10-8 lead following a service ace by Aragao. But Kentucky used a 4-0 burst, sparked by Shelby Workman and Sara Schwarzwalder kills, to surge to a 12-10 lead. The Rams pulled even at 12-all on a Kriskova kill, but Kentucky salted away the win when it sandwiched a VCU hitting error with kills by Workman and Whitney Billings.
QUOTABLE FROM COACH JODY ROGERS
  • "I hate to lose, but we proved we can hang with the big ones. Kentucky was huge. The girls played pretty awesome. Romana [Kriskova] played amazing. Kalah [Jones] was next level. Cecilia [Aragao] was great. Nora Reed is a freshman and has been blocking great for us. But we've got to get ready for tomorrow."
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • VCU was seeking its first win over a ranked program. The Rams' most recent brush with an upset prior to Friday came on Sept. 16, 2010, when VCU pushed 14th-ranked Colorado State to five sets in Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Aragao's double-double (assist-digs) against the Wildcats was her fourth in five matches this season, one more than she had in all of 2012.
  • With 33 assists Aragao increased her career total to 2,459. She trails Mary Franke by 36 for fifth on VCU's career list.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU concludes play at the Kentucky Classic Saturday at 1 p.m. when it meets East Tennessee State at Memorial Coliseum.
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