KRISKOVA BREAKS KILLS RECORD IN VCU LOSS AT SAINT LOUIS

Scores: Saint Louis 3, VCU 0 (25-18, 25-20, 26-24)
Location:
St. Louis, Mo. (Chaifetz Pavilion)
Records:
VCU 24-6 (11-2 A-10), Saint Louis 12-15 (8-4)

TALKING POINTS
  • Sophomore Romana Kriskova broke VCU 's single-season record for kills and finished with 13 on the night, but VCU fell at Saint Louis Saturday.
  • Kriskova, who needed 10 kills prior to the match to surpass Ludmila Francescattos's mark of 549 from 2006, blasted the record-breaker midway through the second set. She has 553 kills this season and is averaging 4.85 kills per set, which, if it holds up, will also set a school record.
  • Kriskova hit .333 on the night with six digs and two blocks.
  • Junior Janelle Sykes was one of few other bright spots for the Rams on this night. The Clifton, Va. native provided six kills, five blocks and hit .308 for VCU.
  • Saint Louis snapped VCU's seven-match win streak. The Rams had won 14 of 15 overall.
  • The Billikens stormed out of the gate, hitting .500 with just two errors in a 25-18 opening set victory. From there, the Rams played catchup. VCU never led in the second set, a 25-20 Saint Louis win. The Billikens also rallied from a 24-22 deficit in the final set to secure the victory.
QUOTABLES FROM COACH ROGERS
  • "Saint Louis played with a sense of urgency tonight, and we didn't answer it."
  • "They just executed, and we were playing catchup. It's not necessarily what they did, but it's what we didn't do. It is what it is. We need everybody to play at this level. You can't have a few girls. Everybody has to do their job, and we just didn't have that tonight."
  • "We'll just regroup and refocus and we'll have an opportunity to play for an Atlantic 10 championship on Friday against Duquesne."
  • "Romana has just been a consistent player for us all year. She wants to win as badly as anybody. It's a great accomplishment, but she knows the team comes first. I'm just excited for her to get this acknowledgement."
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
With five blocks Saturday, Sykes moved into fourth place on VCU's single-season list with 155.
 
WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will host Duquesne at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center on Friday, Nov. 15 in the conference finale between the A-10's top two squads.
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