TURNER, DAYTON HALT VCU WIN STREAK 3-1

Score: Dayton 3, VCU 1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20)
Location: Fredericks Center (Dayton, Ohio)
Records: VCU 8-8 (2-1 A-10), Dayton 15-4 (4-0)

THE BASICS
  • Dayton's Alaina Turner was a thorn in VCU's side with 13 kills, 11 digs and eight service aces as the Flyers halted the Rams' six-match winning streak Sunday.
  • Junior Kalah Jones led the VCU attack with 14 kills, while senior setter Cecilia Aragao set 36 assists and dug 15 balls.
  • Senior middle blocker Janelle Sykes also stood out for VCU Sunday. She spiked 11 kills and was credited with six blocks.
  • VCU hit .214 in the match, but was unable to slow the offensive trio of Turner, Jill Loiars (13 kills) and Jenna Jendryk (11 kills). Dayton hit .225 on the day and owned a 13-1 advantage in service aces.
  • VCU hadn't lost since Sept. 13.
HOW IT HAPPENED
  • VCU hit .290 in the second set to rally back from a 1-0 deficit in the match. With the set tied 22-all, Aragao and Sykes blocked Isolde Hannan. A short time later, Jones contributed to a double block, then converted a set from freshman Mary Kilbane to close a 25-23 victory.
  • The Rams looked poised to take the lead after a fast start in the third. The Rams jumped ahead 6-2, but watched Dayton rattle off seven straight points. VCU would knot the set at 10-10, but then watch as the Flyers embarked on pivotal 8-2 burst.
  • VCU committed just three attacking errors and hit .333 in the fourth, but could not slow Dayton's offense. The Flyers hit .483 on the way to a match-clinching 25-20 win.
QUOTABLES FROM COACH JODY ROGERS
  • "Dayton's a good team and we needed to bring a little more ammunition here today, and we didn't do it. Dayton played well, but there's some stuff we didn't correct when we needed to. We weren't communicating as well about some of the plays Dayton was running and they've got some players who can put the ball away."
  • "The great thing about losing is you learn a lot about yourself, and we know we have some things to fix. We knew we were on the road for two big matches. We wanted to come back 2-0, but we did get a big win on Friday. It's early and we'll get back to work on some things."
WHAT'S NEXT
The Rams return home for a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference matches next week. VCU will first host La Salle on Friday, Oct. 10  at 7 p.m. at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. A rematch of the 2013 A-10 Championship against Duquesne awaits on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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