VCU DOWNED BY OHIO STATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT

Tournament: Sports Imports Classic
Score: Ohio State 3, VCU 1 (19-25, 16-25, 26-24, 17-25)
Location: Columbus, Ohio (Covelli Center)
Records: VCU 1-2, Ohio State 2-1

 The short story: VCU dropped a 3-1 decision to Ohio State in the final match of the Sports Imports Classic on Saturday night due in large part to inconsistent play in the attack.

 OPENING VOLLEY

  • Senior Gina Tuzzolo (Newport News, Va.) had the Rams' most efficient performance of the night, tallying nine kills with a .353 hitting percentage
  • Fellow senior Vicky Giommarini (Rome, Italy) also had nine kills to tie Tuzzolo for the team lead
  • VCU did well in the battle at the net, taking an 11.0-to-10.0 advantage in total blocks
  • Senior setter Dajah Ard (Arlington, Texas) supplied 15 assists while Tyler Sroufe (Tampa, Fla.) and Dani Jo David (Virginia Beach, Va.) added seven assists each
  • Senior libero Madalon Simpson (Louisville, Ky.) made 19 digs to lead the Rams
  • Jenaisya Moore produced a match-high 23 kills for the Buckeyes

 THE DIFFERENCE

  • The Buckeyes earned a .247 hitting percentage compared to a .102 hitting percentage for the Rams
  • Ohio State passed extremely well, posting 51 assists on 57 kills. Mac Podraza had 45 of those assists on her own

 NOTABLES

  • Simpson was named to the Sports Imports Classic All-Tournament Team for her efforts over the weekend. The senior averaged 4.1 digs per set in three matches
  • Saturday's match was the final road contest for the Rams until Friday, Sept. 13 when they head to Wichita, Kansas for the Wichita State Invitational
  • Senior middle blocker Jasmin Sneed (San Antonio, Texas) is now just one career block away from becoming VCU's all-time leader. Former teammate Tori Baldwin owns the current mark of 519, which she set last year

 NEXT UP
The Rams return to Richmond for their 2019 home opener against the High Point Panthers on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.