RAMS GET DEFENSIVE, TURN AWAY OKLAHOMA 3-1  

 

Tournament: Seton Hall Classic
Location: South Orange, N.J. (Walsh Gymnasium)
Records: VCU 1-4, Oklahoma 3-2

The short story: Junior Jasmin Sneed recorded 11 blocks and two VCU players supplied 11 kills apiece in a win over Oklahoma Saturday in South Orange, N.J.

FIRST SERVE

  • Sneed led one of VCU's best defensive efforts of the season. She was party to 11 of the Rams' 17 blocks Saturday afternoon. She also registered eight kills and hit .400
  • Junior outside hitter Vicky Giommarini helped both at the net and in the back row with 12 digs and four blocks. She also supplied nine kills
  • Senior middle blocker Tori Baldwin and sophomore outside hitter Paula Neciporuka spiked 11 kills each to fire the VCU attack
  • Oklahoma's Alyssa Enneking led the Sooners with a match-high 27 kills and 10 digs

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU outblocked Oklahoma 17-10 as the Sooners hit just .182 for the match
  • While Enneking piled up a gaudy kill total, the Rams were able to bottle up Oklahoma's other hitters. The rest of the Sooners combined for 26 kills and hit just .064
  • VCU took command of the match in the third, when the Rams overcame an early deficit on the way to a thrilling 27-25 victory. Senior Julia Adler and Giommarini combined to snap a 25-all tie with back-to-back kills
  • The Rams hit .300 in the fourth and final set and only trailed at 1-0 in the set before taking control

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Sneed is averaging 1.64 blocks per set this season and hitting .390
  • Neciporuka's 11 kills are a career high

UP NEXT
VCU will take on 14th-ranked Pitt at 4 p.m. on Saturday in their Seton Hall Invitational Finale.

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