October 19, 2013

FIRST-PLACE RAMS KEEP ROLLING, SWEEP SAINT LOUIS 3-0

Score: VCU 3, Saint Louis 0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-22)
Location:
Richmond, Va. (Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records:
VCU 19-5 (7-1 A-10), Saint Louis 8-13 (4-3 A-10)

TALKING POINTS
  • Sophomores Romana Kriskova and Kalah Jones combined for 26 kills as VCU completed a perfect weekend with a 3-0 sweep of Saint Louis Saturday.
  • The Rams finished the weekend 2-0, including Friday's victory over George Mason, and did not lose a set in either match.
  • Kriskova continues to rack up kills at an alarming rate. She registered 15 more Saturday and hit .333 on 30 swings.
  • Jones tacked on 11 kills of her own and also hit .333 with six digs.
  • Junior Amanda Love supplied a number of acrobatic digs for the VCU defense and finished with a match-high 14.
  • VCU hit .323 on the night, compared to .175 for Saint Louis.
  • Redshirt freshman Kaitlyn LaMantia handed out 33 assists for the Rams, while junior Janelle Sykes chipped in with six kills and four blocks.
  • The Billikens appeared primed to force a fourth set when they raced out to a 14-8 lead in the third. However, VCU embarked on an 11-3 burst, sparked by three kills each by Kriskova and Sykes, to grab a 19-17 advantage. The Billikens never recovered.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
  • VCU improved to 6-0 at home. The Rams are 16-2 at the Siegel Center the last two seasons combined.
  • Kriskova moved within five kills of fourth place on VCU's single-season list. She has 456 this year and is on pace to become just the third Ram to record 500 in a season.
  • The Rams have won nine of their last 10 matches.
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU will conclude its three-match homestand on Tuesday, Oct. 22 when it hosts longtime rival William & Mary at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena. It will mark the 66th meeting between the two former Colonial Athletic Association foes, the most the Rams have faced any opponent.
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