RAMS RALLY TO SHOCK DAYTON, HALT FLYER WIN STREAK

Score: VCU 3, Dayton 2 (21-25, 28-26, 14-25, 25-23, 15-13)
Location:
Dayton, Ohio (Frederick Center)
Records:
VCU 11-4 (1-0 A-10), Dayton 6-7 (0-1 A-10)

TALKING POINTS
  • VCU fired a shot across the bow of the Atlantic 10 on the first night of the conference play, stunning four-time defending champion Dayton 3-2 Friday night at the Flyers' Frederick Center.
  • With the win, the Rams snapped Dayton's 33-match home win streak against conference foes, a mark that dates to 2008. The Flyers were 67-2 against the league in the last four seasons combined.
  • Junior setter Cecilia Aragao supplied another monster night for VCU with 49 assists, 20 digs, seven kills and three blocks.
  • Junior middle blocker Janelle Sykes also provided one of her finest matches in a VCU uniform, hitting .417 with 13 kills and five blocks.
  • Sophomore Romana Kriskova added 19 kills - including nine in the fourth and fifth sets combined - and 19 digs to the winning cause.
KEY MOMENTS
  • In the tiebreaker, the teams battled to a 10-10 draw before Kriskova sparked a 4-1 burst with a pair of kills. Later, with Dayton within 14-13, Aragao found sophomore Kalah Jones with a set for the match-clinching kill. Despite offensive struggles much of the night, the Rams hit .300 in the fifth set.
  • The Rams fell behind 2-1 in the match before mounting their comeback. In the fourth, VCU stormed to a 16-6 advantage on the strength of four Jones kills. Dayton would come roaring back, pulling to within 24-23, but Aragao and Kriskova connected for a kill to secure the 25-23 victory.
  • The second set, won 28-26 by VCU, was another barnburner and featured 21 ties and 10 lead changes.
QUOTABLES FROM COACH JODY ROGERS
  • "This was a huge team win, a huge win for the program and huge win for VCU. It was just awesome. I'm just happy for the girls and happy for the school because volleyball needs to be better and the girls are doing it."
  • "Nobody played really spectacular, but a lot of people just did their job. That's what we've been asking for the last month and a half, and tonight they really came together."
  • "Nora Reed had a great game, even though it doesn't look like it by the stats. I just think nobody really stuck out. Cecilia ran a really nice offense and Romana came on in the fourth set, but they just all did their jobs tonight."
WHAT'S NEXT
The Rams return to A-10 play on Sunday, Sept. 29 when they meet Duquesne at 1 p.m. in Pittsburgh.
 
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