BIG CROWD SEES RAMS WIN EIGHTH STRAIGHT

Score: VCU 3, George Washington 1 (25-21, 25-16, 23-25, 25-17)
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 12-7 (7-0 Atlantic 10), George Washington 8-11 (2-5)
Attendance: 1,134

The short story: VCU piled up 16 blocks in front of a crowd of more than 1,100 – including three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor - on the way its eighth straight win Sunday at the Siegel Center.

OPENING VOLLEY

  • VCU, which leads the Atlantic 10 Conference in blocking, was dominant at the net Sunday. Four Rams recorded five or more blocks, including junior middle Jasmin Sneed, who was credited with nine. Sneed also supplied seven kills and hit .375
  • Senior outside hitter Julia Adler added nine kills and seven blocks for the Black and Gold, while junior opposite Gina Tuzzolo contributed 10 kills, five blocks and two aces, while hitting .348
  •  Kelsey Clark paced the Colonials with 12 kills

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU owned a 16-5 advantage in blocks and a 65-50 edge in digs
  • George Washington hit just .007 in the match and was beset by 13 service errors
  • The Colonials rallied late for a 25-23 win in the third set, but VCU responded defensively and limited George Washington to a -.091 hitting percentage in the fourth. VCU recorded six blocks in the fourth frame alone

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Sunday's crowd of 1,134 was VCU's largest home crowd in more than nine years
  •  May-Treanor's appearance at the match included a pregame meet-and-greet, as well as a post-match demonstration
  • VCU has won 23 straight matches against A-10 competition. The Rams have won four straight against George Washington
  • Sneed moved into second place all-time, behind teammate Tori Baldwin, on VCU's career blocks list

NEXT UP
VCU will hit the road to take on Rhode Island on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in Kingston, R.I.

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