Score: VCU 3, High Point 2 (21-25, 25-15, 18-25, 25-21, 15-10)
Location: High Point, N.C. (Millis Arena)
Records: VCU 6-2, High Point 4-3
The short story: Sophomore outside hitter Gina Tuzzolo produced a match-high 22.5 points and was one of three VCU players to record at least six blocks to lead the Rams to a 3-2 come-from-behind win at High Point Tuesday night.
- Tuzzolo blasted 15 kills and hit .444 in the match to fire the VCU offense. She also bolstered the Rams at the net with eight blocks and served up three aces in one of the best all-around performances by a VCU player this season.
- Reigning Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Player of the Week Tori Baldwin picked up where she left off, registering a season-high 11 blocks, including a pair of solos. She added seven kills.
- Senior outside hitter Alica Kandler booked a double-double with 12 kills and 14 digs for the Black and Gold.
- On the back row, senior Rebekah Strange tied a career high with 30 digs for the Rams.
- Setters Dajah Ard (27) and Tyler Sroufe (14) combined for 41 assists for the Rams.
- Molly Livingston led High Point with 16 kills.
- High Point opened the fifth set with a service error and the Rams made the Panthers pay. Baldwin followed with a kill and teamed with Tuzzolo for a block in a dizzying three-play sequence that pushed VCU in front 4-0. High Point would get as close as 6-4, but sophomore Jasmin Sneed supplied a block and a kill on back-to-back plays to spark a 4-0 VCU run. High Point never seriously threatened again.
- VCU hit .262 in the final two sets, both wins, while holding the Panthers to a .056 mark.
- The Rams outblocked High Point 18-8.
"That was a phenomenal match. That High Point team is definitely an NCAA team in my mind. The girls played great. Gina [Tuzzolo] played out of her mind. In the past I think we dwelled on points, but I think the girls are getting mentally stronger, and were able to move past some of those spots. We also got contributions off the bench from a bunch of players, so it really was a great team effort. Us going five also helps us. It's a different kind of pressure. It's good to get that kind of test in the non-conference season." – VCU Coach Jody Rogers
VCU will prep for the Jefferson Cup, hosted by Virginia Sept. 8-9 in Charlottesville. The Rams will take on the host Cavaliers Friday at 7 p.m.