Texas A&M Invitational
Score: Texas A&M 3, VCU 0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-14)
Location: College Station, Texas (Reed Arena)
Records: VCU 2-1, Texas A&M 2-0
The short story: Senior Alica Kandler connected for nine kills, but it wasn't enough for VCU to hold off host Texas A&M Saturday in rain-soaked College Station.
- Kandler hit .304 to drive the VCU attack, but the Rams hit just .116 overall in the match.
- Sophomore Vicky Giommarini added seven kills and six digs to the VCU effort, while junior middle Tori Baldwin supplied three blocks.
- Senior Rebekah Strange dug seven balls on the back row for the Rams and was named "Best Libero" of the tournament.
- Kiara McGee led the Aggies with 11 kills. Texas A&M hit .337 in the match.
- Texas A&M set the tone early in front of a raucous crowd of nearly 1,000, charging to an 8-2 advantage in the opening set. The Aggies would hit .357 in the opening frame on the way to a 25-12 wire-to-wire win.
- VCU battled to take a 9-7 lead in the second set on back-to-back kills by Baldwin and Kandler, but A&M took over from there. The Aggies scored the next four points and staged a 7-2 burst to assume a 14-11 lead. A&M led the rest of the way.
- Texas A&M hit .314 or better in all three sets.
"I think this was a good experience for our girls. Texas A&M is a very good team and this will help us get better so that when conference season comes around, we're ready to contend for a championship." – VCU Coach Jody Rogers.
VCU will take on William & Mary on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.