And the Streak continues!
By: Adrian Teran
The VCU Women’s Volleyball team defeated the Duquesne Dukes this Friday night at home at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. The Rams have now won 15 straight games, four of those being Conference games. They won this match 3-0, making it their 10th sweep of this winning streak. Led by sophomore, Gina Tuzzolo, who led the team with 11 kills, the Rams took an early lead in the first set and dominated in a 25-17 win. The next two sets did not come as easy for the Rams. After a slow start, they found themselves down 4-8 in the second set, but eventually came back to take a 15-12 lead. Stellar defensive play from both sides resulted in a close back and forth. Led by senior libero Rebekah Strange, VCU eventually took control of the set and won it 25-21. The third and final set was even closer. With another slow start, the Rams found themselves down 6-11. After some sloppy play from the Dukes, VCU fought their way back and tied the set up at 15-15. Both sides played hard and the Rams found themselves down 23-22. But VCU kept their cool and their discipline and senior Rebekah Strange ended the game with a service ace. The third set went to the Rams 25-23. The Sophomore combo of Gina Tuzzolo and Vicky Giommarini led the team with a combined 21 kills and Senior Rebekah Strange had a game high 10 digs. The Dukes really made the Rams work for this win, forcing them to crawl and fight their way back in final two sets. Congratulations to Coach Jody Rogers who also recorded her 500th career win. VCU Rams are now 18-2 for the season and 4-0 in their conference. The Rams look to add to the nation’s longest win streak this Sunday as they continue conference play. They will face the La Salle Explorers October 8 at home at 1pm.
Rams shut out the Hawks
By: Ben Malakoff
The women’s soccer team came out at sports backers stadium with lots of energy this past thursday to take on St. Joseph’s. The rams started with a lot of early chances but continued to miss the net. The momentum felt a brief shift with an abrupt corner kick for St. Joseph’s. As the game progressed, the goalies, Sanderson for the Rams and Bendon for St. Joseph’s, were the most valuable players. Perhaps the best opportunity for St. Josephs came in the final seconds of the half where a shot went just a bit high of the net. At the half, the score remained 0-0. Near the 60th minute the crowd became lively. VCU started on an offensive push while St. Joseph’s was forced to push back. However, after more strong defense, the score remained 0-0. In the 77th minute, Alyssa Tallent took control for the Rams and finding the back of the net. Her third goal of the season put VCU up 1-0 with 13 minutes left in the match. The strike was assisted by Lyndsey Gutzmer. Afterwards, it was all VCU. St. Josephs could not bring the ball to the net and Audrey Sanderson was able to reward her team with a shutout. The Rams improved to 6-3-3 and St. Joseph’s moved on to 6-5-2.
VCU makes it 14 straight wins
By: Brandon Shillingford
Sophmore, Vicky Giommarini, recorded a team high 19 kills in the Rams’ 14th straight win against the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks. The Rams opened the game with a strong 25-19 set win, but struggled in the following set, losing 18-25. They came out strong in the following two sets after losing the second. They won the third set 25-17 and clinched the match in a thrilling final set, winning 27-25. The Rams now move to a 17-2 record on the season, with a 7-0 record at home. VCU returns to conference play on Friday when they play Duquesne at the Siegel Center.
Rams tame the Wildcats
By: Adam Cheek
The VCU men’s soccer team handled the Davidson Wildcats easily Wednesday night, riding a wave of momentum from senior midfielder Luc Fatton’s hat trick to win 4-1. Fatton’s first two goals came in the first half, with his third in the latter half of the game, and sophomore defenseman Ryo Shimazaki added a goal of his own in the second half. Davidson’s only goal came nearly fifteen minutes into the second half of play, but VCU’s defense shut down the Davidson offensive attack early and often. Freshman goalkeeper Mario Sequeira notched his fourth win of the season, needing only one save to do so. Additionally, Fatton started the offensive momentum early, scoring his first goal under five minutes into the game.
VCU hosts Wizards training camp
By: Ben Malakoff
The Washington Wizards took more strides to becoming an elite NBA team last year. Led by star point guard John Wall, the Wizards finished 49 and 33 and in fourth place in the Eastern conference. Wall continued to show why he is called the best point guard in the east by averaging 23.1 point and 10.7 assists per game. He also stepped up his defensive presence by averaging 2 steals a game. Wall was met in the backcourt by an often overlooked teammate, Bradley Beal. Beal average 23.1 points per game and 1.1 steals a game as well. This dynamic backcourt brought the Wizards all the way to the second round of the playoffs, where they were beat in game 7 by Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics. Although it was another second round exit for Washington, it was a very encouraging season for many fans to see that the Wizards could potentially match up with some of the best teams in the NBA. The Washington Wizards would now look to the offseason to improve their roster.
The Wizards offseason included some lesser known moves like trading the 52nd round pick to the Pelicans for Tim Frazier or signing Jodie Meeks, Mike Scott, and Donald Sloan for more veteran presences on the roster. Next some big moves started to happen. First the Wizards let go of Bogdanovic who they traded for half way through the year from the Nets. This was mainly to free up cap space for what was to come. The Wizards decided to resign Otto Porter Jr, who had a career year the year before, to a four years, 106.5 million deal. Otto was fourth in the league in three point shooting percentage making him the team’s sharpshooter. The biggest move for the Wizards this offseason was resigning their best player, John Wall. Wall, who was on all-NBA third team, had a career year in points, assists, rebounds, and steals. This is the offseason Washington needed to not only keep the players they need around, but making sure seasoned veterans with plenty of experience are on the roster.
The Wizards superstars had a lot to say about what was happening this offseason at their training camp that took place at VCU in Richmond, Virginia. Players are coming together to form NBA “super teams”. For example, Dwyane Wade now coming together and teaming up with Lebron James and Isaiah Thomas. John Wall posted an Instagram picture tagging Beal that was later deleted. The post could be best summarized with the last line. “We all we got”. This is best defined as loyalty to each other. The temptations of leaving his roots was not appealing to Wall. The only thing he cares about is staying loyal to Beal and to the Wizards. I asked Bradley Beal at the wizards training camp that if he feels the same way about loyalty being the most important quality in a teammate. He responded with how he thought that it is the most important aspect and you need to have the same respect for everyone on the team. He also mentioned that he builds of the respect he and John have for eachother and strengthens their relationship every season.
I talked to John Wall a bit about if being called an MVP candidate puts an extra pressure on him throughout the year. He said it does not because these are already the type of goals he has set for himself. These are the expectations he has for his season. He expects another record breaking year and to go further in the playoffs than in past years. If the wizards expect to do this, it will be because of their key offseason moves and staying loyal to their core players.
VCU Field Hockey falls again
By: Brad Lofton
VCU field hockey came into their game with a 8-2 record and looking to rebound after picking up their second loss of the season. Appalachian State was coming in as big underdogs with a record of 3-7.
Appalachian State started out fast with the first shot of the game a minute in the first period that went far right. The game then slowed down for the next 10 minutes with the ball going back and forth with no team having the advantage at all. VCU was able to get a few nice shots on goal that just missed. Losing strong opportunities to pull away in the game. Which Appalachian State was able to respond to put the first points up on the board with 15 minutes left in the first half that gave them momentum for the rest of the half. Appalachian continued to attack with some good shots on goal, but the half ended with a score of 1-0.
VCU came in the second half looking to comeback from their disappointing first half. That is exactly what they did scoring to tie it up 7 minutes into the second half. It was one of 3 corner opportunities that they had in a four minute span. This goal gave the Rams an incredible amount of confidence that led to multiple opportunities to come out on top. However, Appalachian State stood strong against the Rams momentum to go into overtime at 1-1 a piece. Appalachian State was able to find a way and finish the Rams off and win 2-1 in a thriller that handed the Rams their second straight lost. VCU is now 8-3 on the season and Appalachian State improves to 4-7.