RAMS WIN SECOND A-10 THRILLER OF THE WEEKEND, TOP DUKES 3-2

Score: VCU 3, Duquesne 2 (26-24, 21-25, 25-17, 24-25, 15-7)
Location:
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Palumbo Center)
Records:
VCU 12-4 (2-0 A-10), Duquesne 7-8 (1-1 A-10)

TALKING POINTS
  • VCU earned its second straight five-set conference road win behind 27 Romana Kriskova kills, including four in the decisive fifth set.
  • For the second straight match, VCU used its dependable back row to stymie an opposing defense. The Rams outdug Duquesne 73-57, led by junior Amanda Love's 22.
  • Junior setter Cecilia Aragao set 52 assists as the Rams hit .220 on the day. Aragao also dug 12 balls, assisted on six blocks and provided six kills.
  • Redshirt sophomore Uzomaka Ibeh enjoyed one of the best matches of her young career. The 6-foot outside hitter spiked 12 kills and hit .350 with four blocks.
  • VCU hit .471 in the tiebreaker and committed just one error in the frame.
  • The Rams took a 1-0 lead in the match when they prevailed 26-24 in a wild first set that featured 15 ties and nine lead changes. VCU faced set point at 24-23, but sophomore Saige Gallop answered with a kill, then served up an ace. A Duquesne hitting error on the next play gave the Rams the set.
QUOTABLES FROM COACH JODY ROGERS
  • "Duquesne is rightfully a good team. Cecilia had an amazing match; her and Romana. C.C. really set a nice tempo today. Amanda Love was everywhere, keeping the ball off the ground. Nora Reed was a blocking machine.
  • "U.C. (Uzomaka Ibeh) had probably her best match this season. She was very good. She's getting better each game, and each time is building confidence."
  • "This was a good team win. The girls keep getting confidence. We need to do a lot better in some areas, but we're getting there. They're getting better under pressure."
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • Five of VCU's last seven matches have gone to five sets. The Rams are 4-1 in those matches, including 2-0 this weekend. VCU is 6-2 overall this season when playing to five sets.
  • VCU topped the A-10's preseason No. 1 (Dayton) and No. 2 (Duquesne) this weekend on the road.
  • Sunday's match completed the Rams' five-week, 16-match road stint to open the season. In addition to a 7-2 mark in neutral site matches, the Rams are 5-2 in true road contests.
WHAT'S NEXT
The Rams begin a four-match homestand on Wednesday, Oct. 2 when they take on Hampton at 7 p.m.
 
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