RAMS THROW UP ROAD BLOCK; ROLL TO 11TH STRAIGHT WIN  

Score: VCU 3, Rhode Island 0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-18)
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 14-2 (1-0 A-10), Rhode Island 5-8 (0-1)

The short story: VCU piled up blocks, while Alica Kandler provided an offensive spark as the Black and Gold extended its win streak to 11 consecutive matches – the program's longest in 32 years – with a sweep of Rhode Island Friday.

OPENING VOLLEY

  • VCU's 11-match unbeaten stretch is its longest since the 1985 squad ripped off 30 straight wins on the way to a 43-3 record and a Sun Belt Championship.
  • Kandler, a senior outside hitter, supplied a match-high 12 kills and did not commit an error in 28 swings. She added eight digs and two blocks.
  • VCU junior middle Tori Baldwin helped control the match up front and finished with eight blocks. The Rams totaled 13.5 blocks on the night.
  • Sophomore outside hitter Vicky Giommarini added eight kills, nine digs and four blocks for VCU.
  • On the back row, senior libero Rebekah Strange dug 14 balls for the Black and Gold.
  • Rhode Island libero Jessie Blaze, the younger sister of former VCU defensive specialist Sami Blaze, collected 12 digs Friday.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU's blocking effectively stymied Rhode Island's hopes offensively. Rhody hit just .062 in the match.
  • Rhode Island was also undone by a number of largely unforced miscues, namely 10 service errors and three ball handling errors.
  •  VCU served up eight aces, including three a piece from Strange and sophomore Gina Tuzzolo.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • VCU's win streak, which began Sept. 1 against Toledo, has included seven sweeps.
  • With eight blocks Friday, Baldwin has moved into a tie with Courtney Hott for ninth all-time at VCU with 308.
  • Strange needs 13 digs to become just the fifth VCU player to record 1,500 in her career.

NEXT UP
VCU will host Fordham on Sunday, Sept. 24 at noon at the E.J. Wade Arena.

 

GIOMMARINI WINS A-10 HONOR
October 9, 2017 GIOMMARINI WINS A-10 HONOR
STRANGE DIGS OUT A-10 AWARD
October 2, 2017 STRANGE DIGS OUT A-10 AWARD
BALDWIN, SNEED NET A-10 AWARDS
September 5, 2017 BALDWIN, SNEED NET A-10 AWARDS