How it Happened
Rhode Island (5-8, 0-1 A-10) had trouble stopping lengthy VCU spurts, falling 25-18, 25-21, 25-18 in the Atlantic 10 opener for both schools Friday night.
VCU (14-2, 1-0 A-10) took command early, as the Rhody offense struggled to get going. VCU had six blocks in the first set, a big reason Rhode Island had a .000 hitting percentage (10 kills, 10 errors in 37 attacks). VCU held a slim 10-8 lead, but a 7-0 run extended the advantage to 17-8, a deficit Rhode Island was unable to overcome.
In the second set, Rhody was up 19-17 following a Kylee Wolfe kill and a VCU attack error. From there, VCU closed the set on a 8-2 run to take a commanding two-set lead.
With the third set tied 13-13, VCU used a 4-1 spurt to build a three-point lead that it never relinquished. The lead got to as many as seven points before a kill from VCU's Gina Tuzzolo ended the match.
Inside the Box Score
- Senior Jessie Blaze had a team-high 12 digs and added two assists.
- Junior Olivia Budinich added 11 digs.
- Freshman Live Lunde Fossdal led Rhode Island with nine kills. She was the only Rhody player with more than five kills.
- VCU's Alica Kandler had a match-high 12 kills without committing an error. She also had eight digs.
- The victory was the 11th in a row for VCU.
Stat of the Match
.138 - Rhode Island did not hit better than .138 in any of the three sets. Rhody hit .000 in the first set, .138 in the second and .065 in the third set.
Rhode Island stays on the road for a match at Davidson Sunday, Sept. 24, beginning at 1 p.m.