MAKE IT A DOZEN; VCU DISPATCHES FORDHAM, EXTENDS STREAK

Score: VCU 3, Fordham 0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-16)
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena)
Records: VCU 15-2 (2-0 A-10), Fordham 8-7 (0-2)

The short story: Senior Alica Kandler spiked 10 kills and junior Tori Baldwin registered six blocks as VCU sprinted to its 12th straight victory Sunday, 3-0 over Fordham.

OPENING VOLLEY

  • Kandler continued her outstanding senior campaign by hitting .292 to pace the VCU attack. She added two blocks and an ace.
  • Sophomore Gina Tuzzolo smacked nine kills and hit .500, while classmate Vicky Giommarini provided eight kills.
  • Baldwin, who is well on her way to a third straight 100-block season, also contributed seven kills and hit .417.
  • On the back row, senior libero Rebekah Strange supplied 15 of VCU's 30 digs on the afternoon.
  • Setters Dajah Ard and Tyler Sroufe handed out a combined 32 assists.
  • Kaitlin Morley led Fordham with 13 kills.

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU's balanced offense was clicking all day. The Black and Gold hit .316 in the match and hit better than .300 in two of three sets.
  • The Black and Gold served up seven aces, while Fordham recorded two. VCU has owned an edge in service aces in six straight matches.
  • VCU fell behind 13-9 in the second set and trailed for most of the frame, but a kill by Tuzzolo and a series of critical Fordham errors helped the Black and Gold close with a 5-2 burst on the way to a 26-24 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • VCU outblocked Fordham 8-3, continuing a theme of the team's season. VCU is now outblocking its opponents by better than a 2-to-1 (3.26 to 1.62) margin this season.
  • VCU improved to 6-0 at home this season.

NEXT UP
VCU will travel to face Davidson on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m.

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