RAMS DROP HEARTBREAKER TO GEORGE WASHINGTON

Score: George Washington 3, VCU 2 (25-13, 18-25, 22-25, 25-19, 15-12)
Location: Washington, D.C. (Smith Center)
Records: George Washington 18-7 (8-3 A-10), VCU 14-12 (7-5) 

THE BASICS

  • Freshman Jessica Young hit .207 with 11 kills and junior Kalah Jones added 16 for VCU, but the Rams dropped a five-set barnburner to George Washington Friday night in the Nation's Capital.
  • VCU libero Rebekah Strange continued her stellar freshman campaign, cementing the Rams' back row with 15 digs.
  • In addition, senior setter Cecilia Aragao turned in 38 assists, 15 digs and eight blocks.
  • The Rams faced a stout defensive effort from the Colonials. George Washington outdug VCU 63-52, and the Rams hit .101 for the night.
  • George Washington's Kelsey Newman provided 16 kills, while teammate Chidima Osuchukwu hit .250 with 13 kills and eight blocks to spur the Colonial attack.
HOW IT HAPPENED
  • George Washington hit .357 in the fifth set and overcame a 12-10 deficit to earn the clinching victory.
  • VCU led the match 2-1, but the Colonials jumped out to a 22-12 lead in the fourth and forced the tiebreaker with the a 25-19 win.
QUOTABLE FROM COACH JODY ROGERS
  • "As usual, it comes down to ball control for us. That first ball makes all the difference for us. George Washington tonight, they'd have pivotal moments where they scored a lot of points and we couldn't catch up. It was a game of momentum tonight."
  • "We didn't play with a sense of urgency tonight that we have in the past, and playing on the road at George Washington, it's a tough place to play. But they played better tonight and that was that."
  • "Rebekah Strange played great tonight. She's a phenomenal player. She's one of the main reasons we have a chance to win a championship. She's a difference-maker for us back there."
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU will jump right back into the fray with a match at George Mason on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
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