October 12, 2013

GEORGE WASHINGTON HALTS VCU WIN STREAK 3-2

Score: George Washington 3, VCU 2 (17-25, 25-22, 25-18, 19-25, 15-8)
Location:
Washington, D.C. (Smith Center)
Records:
VCU 17-5 (5-1 A-10), George Washington 8-10 (3-1 A-10)

TALKING POINTS
  • Romana Kriskova registered 22 kills and 16 digs for VCU, but George Washington snapped the Rams' seven-match win streak Saturday night. It's the Rams' first loss in conference play.
  • VCU redshirt freshman Kaitlyn LaMantia handed out 43 assists and added 14 digs and six blocks. Defensively, junior Amanda Love dug 19 balls for the Rams, who outdug the Colonials 70-60 in the match.
  • VCU recorded 13.5 blocks on the night, running its weekend total to 31.5 in two matches. Junior Janelle Sykes led the Rams up front with eight blocks.
  • Kelsey Newman led George Washington with 19 kills. Three others recorded 10 each.
  • VCU trailed 2-1 in the match, but rallied in the fourth by hitting .310 behind Kriskova's six kills. Sykes also supplied four kills.
  • In the fifth, however, the Rams struggled, hitting -.278 with seven hitting errors. VCU scored the opening point of the tiebreaker, but watched as the Colonials ripped off 12 of the next 13 – four via block - to take command.
  • George Washington outhit VCU .177-.156.
QUOTABLES FROM COACH ROGERS
  • "They made a few more plays than us in the fifth set, and we just couldn't catch up. They had their A game and we had our B-minus game, and they beat us."
  • "Romana had a good game as always, and Janelle had a pretty good match, but we couldn't get it all together."
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • With 22 kills, Kriskova moved into sixth place on the Rams' single-season list with 423. She trails Kristin Boyd (440) by 13 for fifth place.
  • VCU is now 7-3 in five-set matches this season.
WHAT'S NEXT
The Rams return home to begin a three-match homestand with George Mason on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
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