Rams remain undefeated in the A-10
By: Adrian Manzano
The Volleyball game against Dayton was an exciting one. Both teams are working their hardest in this nerve-wracking game to remain in first place in the A-10. It was one of those games where you could not figure out who will win.
VCU started off with a rocky start by losing the first set 25-20, but soon picked up the pace in the second set winning 25-23. They later won the third set 25-18 and nearly taking the fourth until Dayton began to bounce back from their two set loses with a 25-22 victory. The fifth set was a nail biter until VCU earned 15 points and won the set and the game. They improved to 25-2 on the season and 11-0 in the A-10! They face La Salle on Friday the third. Dayton falls to 18-7 on the season and 9-1 in conference play.
VCU’s Men’s Soccer Team defeated Rhode Island 2-1
By: Roland Haka
The first half was a frustrating one for the Rams. VCU held the majority of possession throughout the half but couldn’t create many chances to score. Rhode Island’s defense was well organized. Rhode Island capitalized off their strong defensive performance in the half by scoring on a corner kick from Tyler Dickson’s header in the 28th minute.
In the second half VCU came out much more aggressive in the final third, creating 16 shots compared to the two they had in the first half. A pass from Siad Haji in the 65th minute lead to a Rafael Andrade Santos shot in the low left corner for his 8th goal of the season, tying up the game at 1-1.
VCU nearly had a chance to take the lead in the 72nd minute when Travis Cooke’s shot hit the crossbar. After many attempts that VCU had to take the lead they finally made a breakthrough in the 78th minute. Francesco Amorosino scored his eighth goal of the season as his shot, assisted by Rafael Andrade Santos, ended up in the low right corner of the net to give the Rams a 2-1 lead late in the match.
Rhode Island nearly equalized in the final minute as a goal-line clearance was needed to secure VCU’s 2-1 win. VCU’s A10 record is now 6-1-0, while their overall record is 10-4-0. They play their next game on Wednesday at St. Bonaventure.
VCU reaches 21 straight wins
By: Brandon Shillingford
The Rams cruised to their 21st straight win against the Saint Louis Billikens, 3-0. Sophomore Vicky Giommarini led both of the teams with 12 kills. The Rams were able to shake off a sluggish starts in the second and third sets behinds late set rallies led by Tori Baldwin and Gina Tuzzolo.
VCU now improves to 24-2 on the season with not only a 10-0 home record, but also a 10-0 conference record. On Sunday, the Rams will face the Dayton flyers at home with hopes to stretch their big win streak to a colossal 22.
This weekend the 7-4-3 VCU Rams took on the 1-13-3 St. Bonaventure Bonnies. If I had to describe this game in one word it would “Dominance”. Two minutes in and the Rams drew first blood. A hand ball inside the box gave the Rams a penalty opportunity which Senior Megan Dell converted for the first score of the game. It only took one minute for the Rams to score their second goal. A long cross from VCU’s Amanda Hallesjo, lack of communication between the Bonnie defenders, and an opportunistic Lyndsey Gutzmer led to VCU’s second score. These two early goals would set the tone for the rest of the game. The Rams dominated possession for the rest of the half which resulted in 15 total shots, 5 shots on goal and 4 corners for the Rams as oppose to zero opportunities for the Bonnies. The second half, although not as dominant as the first, was still controlled by the Rams. Probably the goal of the match occurred in 61st minute buy the Ram’s Samantha Jerabek. From 30 yards out, Jerabek shot a beautiful arcing shot that hit the upper right 90. This was Jerabek’s first goal of her collegiate career. VCU’s final goal came in the 73rd minute by sophomore Julia Suarez who connected on another cross to find the back of the net. But seconds later the Rams where caught off guard which led to the Bonnies first and only score of the game. For 90 minutes the Rams kept constant pressure on the Bonnies. They dominated possession by controlling the midfield which led to relentless attacks from the wings which led to a 4-1 win. The Rams improved to 8-4-3 on the season with 4-2-2 in the conference. VCU continues conference play this Thursday October 19 when they face the University of Rhode Island at home.
Tar Heels too much for the Rams
By Daquan Lee:
In one of their toughest contest of the year the ladies of VCU had to face of against the Tarheels of UNC. The Rams were riding high coming a two game winning streak, all that came to a halt when faced against the fierce competitors of UNC. The match started out in the Rams favor with strong stick play and aggressiveness, even getting the first shot on goal. Things took a turn for the worst once UNC was able to draw first blood on the scoreboard after a penalty shot, and as the game went on UNC capitalized off every penalty shot with a score to take a 4-0 lead. The lady rams were not deterred as they still put up a strong effort to try to make a miraculous comeback unfortunately they were only able to score but once late in the second period. Even with the loss the Rams still look to be a formidable foe for future opponents as they have two A-10 opponents on the horizon they should take this opportunity to reflect and get back in the groove they had coming in
By: Ben Malakoff
The Rams volleyball team was looking for their nation leading 16th straight victory at home this past sunday against La Salle. The first set went back and forth with both teams trading points. However, about halfway through, VCU went up quickly 14-9. When the score hit 19-14, in VCU’s favor, La Salle took a timeout. The Rams ended up taking the set 25-15, hitting .364%. During the second set, the kills kept coming for VCU going up a quick 12-6. 2 kills later for the rams, La Salle took another timeout. VCU ended up winning the set 25-17 and taking a quick 2-0 lead in the match. Vicky Giommarini already had 10 kills. After the break, La Salle comes out firing, taking a quick 8-4 lead. However, the rams were not going to give up their strong start., retaking the lead 12-11. After trading points back and forth, VCU took control and won the set 25-19 and taking the match 3-0. Giommarini led her team with 12 kills. The Rams had a .307 kill percentage and improved their record to 19-2 and 5-0 in the A10. La Salle moved to 10-11 and 1-5 in the A10. The Rams look to continue their winning streak against George Washington this friday at 7.