RAMS KEEP ROLLING, GROUND FALCONS 3-0

Tournament: VCU Invitational
Score: VCU 3, Bowling Green 0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-16)
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 11-2, Bowling Green 3-6

The short story: There was no slowing down Alica Kandler or her VCU teammates Friday night. Kandler blasted 12 kills to lead a potent offense as the Rams raced to their eighth straight victory 3-0 over Bowling Green.

OPENING VOLLEY

  • Kandler, who is averaging a team-best 2.82 kills per set, hit .455 Friday and set the tone for a VCU offense that recorded a hitting percentage over .300 for the third time this season.
  • The Rams hit .354 for the match, the team's second-best mark this season.
  • Sophomore middle Jasmin Sneed led another strong blocking performance by the Rams. She was credited with five rejections in Friday's match. She also provided seven kills and hit .600.
  • Junior middle Tori Baldwin added six kills in eight swings and supplied a pair of blocks.
  • Sophomore Madalon Simpson, patrolling at libero for the second straight match, dug 14 balls for VCU.
  • Jessi Holly led Bowling Green with 10 kills.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • The Black and Gold were dominant in nearly every sense of the word. The Rams outhit BGSU .354-.088, served up nine aces to the Falcons' two, and owned decided advantages in digs (40-26) and blocks (7.5-2.0).
  • The match featured just two lead changes in three sets.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • VCU's eight-match win streak is the program's longest since a nine-match stretch late in the 2012 season.
  • The Rams improved to 11-2 with the win, the team's best start after 13 matches since that 2012 squad opened at 12-1.
  • VCU was dominant from start to finish Friday. The Rams hit .286 in the first set and only improved from there, recording marks of .400 and .385 in the second and third sets, respectively.

NEXT UP

  • The VCU Invitational continues on Saturday, Sept. 16 with four matches, two of which will feature the Rams. VCU will take on Seton Hall (6-5) at 1 p.m. before a meeting with Northwestern (9-1) at 7 p.m. at the Siegel Center.
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