Score: VCU 3, Duquesne 0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-20)
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 11-5 (2-0 A-10), Duquesne (6-9, 0-2)
The short story: Senior outside hitter Vicky Giommarini (Rome, Italy) fired 13 kills, including the 1,000th of her career, to lead VCU past Duquesne Sunday.
- Giommarini hit .323 in the match on 31 swings. She heated up as the match progressed. In the second and third sets combined, she spiked 11 kills on 25 attempts and hit .360
- Senior opposite Gina Tuzzolo (Newport News, Va.) added 11 kills and four blocks, while hitting .450 for the Rams
- Seniors Jasmin Sneed (San Antonio, Texas) and Kat Young (Chantilly, Va.) each provided six blocks for the Black and Gold, while junior Paula Neciporuka (Kuldiga, Latvia) added nine kills and seven digs
- Summer Slade recorded nine kills for Duquesne
- VCU hit .377 in the match and recorded 10 blocks, while the Dukes hit just .147
- The Rams jumped all over Duquesne in the first set. Neciporuka blasted five kills in seven attempts and VCU recorded four blocks on the way to a 25-13 win. The Dukes hit -.167 in the opening frame
- VCU hit .389 and .410 in the second and third sets, respectively. The Rams never trailed in the third
- Giommarini's fifth kill of the day, which came midway through the second set, gave her 1,000 for her career. She's the seventh player in school history to reach that milestone
- VCU improved to 32-2 against Atlantic 10 Conference competition the past three seasons
- The Rams have won a season-high five straight matches
The Rams will hit the road to face Davidson on Friday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. at Baker Sports Complex.