Score: VCU 3, Dayton 2 (25-20, 16-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-6)
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 15-7 (10-0 Atlantic 10), Dayton 17-7 (8-2)
The short story: Junior middle blocker Jasmin Sneed supplied three kills and a block in the fifth-set tiebreaker, and senior outside hitter Vicky Giommarini finished with a team-high 18 kills to lead VCU to a critical come-from-behind win over rival Dayton Friday night.
- VCU's win provides the Rams with a two-game cushion in the race to the Atlantic 10 Conference regular season title. VCU improves to 10-0 in league play, while Dayton falls to 8-2 with four league matches remaining.
- Giommarini spiked five kills in the fourth set as VCU earned a 25-18 win to force the tiebreaker. She committed just six hitting errors in 49 swings. Giommarini added 19 digs
- Sneed, the nation's leader in blocks per set, totaled eight kills and seven blocks on the night
- Sophomore outside hitter Paula Neciporuka kicked in 10 kills to the VCU effort
- Dayton's Lauren Bruns led all players with 19 kills
- VCU dropped sets two and three to fall behind 2-1 in the match before mounting a comeback. The Rams hit .239 in the fourth and .368 in the fifth on the way to victory
- The Rams dominated the fifth. VCU used a 6-0 burst – keyed by three kills by junior opposite Gina Tuzzolo - midway through the frame to open up a 13-5 advantage. Dayton could not recover
- The Rams ratcheted up the defense down the stretch. VCU held the Flyers to a .067 hitting percentage in the final two sets combined
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- VCU has won 11 straight matches overall and 26 in a row over A-10 opponents
- The Rams have defeated Dayton four straight times, including three in five sets
- VCU senior Tori Baldwin added four blocks to her career total. Baldwin, VCU's career leader in the category, needs eight blocks to reach 500
VCU will host Saint Louis on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. at the Siegel Center. The Rams swept the Billikens earlier this season in St. Louis.