Hawks get the best of the Rams
By: Jacob Sexton
In a battle of two teams from the A-10, the VCU Rams and the St. Joseph Hawks would play on a great sunny Friday.
Despite the Rams leading in shots on goal 16-8, they would fall to the Hawks 4-0. Twelve of those shots would come from Emily McNamara, including six of them being on target.
Before the half, Spencer Tossone had three shots back-to-back-to-back on goal, but none of them went in. At halftime, the score was 2-0 in favor of the Hawks.
In the second half, the Hawks would go up 3-0 when Quinn Maguire tipped a shot in from Katherin Bentz. Maguire again would score in the 59th minute bringing the lead up to 4-0.
McNamara would have three more shot attempts before the game saw its conclusion. However, none made it in the net. VCU would fall to 8-2 on the season while St. Joseph’s improved to 9-2.
VCU Volleyball extends win streak to 12
VCU volleyball came into their second conference matchup against Fordham University with a record of 14-2 and on a hot streak of winning 11 games. This was a highly anticipated match up to see if Fordham could stop VCU’s historic winning streak and give them the first lost at there home arena.
Both teams looked ready heading into the first set. VCU took the first point of the set. However, Fordham came back to tie it up with VCU at 7-7. Until VCU was able to take a small lead in the first set at 10-7. VCU was able to stretch their lead and make it 17-12 giving the Rams big enough lead that they would not give up. They rolled for a 25-22 win in the first set.
VCU felt confident after a first set win. However, it got them in trouble for the second set. Fordham gained a 9-5 point lead which forced VCU head coach Jody Rogers to take a timeout to get the Rams regrouped again. Rogers timeout was well timed as the team came out better than ever shrinking Fordham’s lead to 21-20, being down only by one. Fordham head coach Gini Ullery-Shrift took a big time out to see if they can stop the Rams momentum. VCU took the lead at 23-22 after being down for the majority of the set and eventually took the set entirely at 26-24 in a dramatic comeback finish. This gave the Rams a 2-0 advantage heading into the third set.
Heading into the third set the Rams looked to get ahead fast with the momentum they got from the second set and surely enough they did that. Opening the lead to 10-7. The Rams then took their biggest lead of the entire game at 17-10. VCU then easily took home the victory by winning the third set and the match 25-16.
This win keeps the Rams perfect at there home arena and brings there total record to 15-2, while pushing their win streak to 12. They will looking to make that 13 when they play at Davidson Sept.30
VCU Volleyball Wins 11th in a Row, Defeats Rhode Island 3-0
By: Jason Boleman
VCU Volleyball won its 11th consecutive match Friday night at the Siegel Center, defeating the University of Rhode Island three sets to none (25-18, 25-21, 25-18). The 11 match win streak, in which VCU has only lost seven sets, is the program’s longest since 1985.
One strength that VCU had was near the net, as the team totaled twice as many blocks as URI. Senior Alica Kandler, who came into the match with a team-leading 169.5 points, led VCU in points with 14 as VCU had five of the top six scorers of the match. Junior Tori Baldwin and sophomore Gina Tuzzolo led VCU with eight and six blocks respectively, which outpaced the next three closest players in the match, which shows what a critical edge VCU gained with blocking. Rhode Island kept the match close in the second and third sets, even forcing VCU to take timeouts due to deficits and URI runs, but in the end VCU found ways to build momentum and pull away towards the end of sets.
For both teams, this was the first match in their A-10 schedules. VCU (14-2) next plays at home Sunday, September 24th against Fordham. URI (5-8) stays on the road this weekend, facing Davidson on Sunday, September 24th.
VCU GOES RAM OVER LIU BROOKLYN WITH 9-1 VICTORY
By: Sravan Gannavarapu
Blowouts are typically not associated with field hockey, but what took place between the VCU Rams and LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds at Cary Street Field in Richmond was just that. The Rams went full force on the birds with a 9-1 victory on September, 17th.
Early in the game both goalies were holding their own, but early in the first period, the Rams sprinted off the line and never looked back. Star forward Emily McNamara took matters into her own hands and just blasted a shot into the net for a quick 1-0 lead and before the Blackbirds had an opportunity to catch their breath, freshman Svea Sturm slapped another shot in to make it 2-0. Sturm didn’t waste a single minute slapping in another one shortly afterward to make it 3-0 with her 2nd of the match. The Blackbirds were clearly outmatched and before they could blink again Jamee Albright joined the party and tacked on a goal to make it 4-0 with 16:37 to go in the first period. The Rams didn’t show any mercy as Maite Sturm, the young freshman midfielder made a name for herself by scoring a goal that made it 5-0. McNamara however, decided she needed another goal before the half to make it 6-0 VCU at the end of the half.
By that time, the athletics department had thrown many t-shirts to the fans for each goal scored and people wondered just how many more could these ladies score. It didn’t take long in the second period for the onslaught to continue. Sturm struck for the third time and McNamara decided that she needed a hat-trick as well and made it 8-0 VCU. Junior forward Colleen Rogers then slapped the final goal in for VCU to make it 9-0 and the Blackbirds hit a last second shot to avoid a shutout. The final score of the game was 9-1 VCU but it easily could have been more for the Rams.
The win improved VCU’s record to 6-1 on the season and the LIU Brooklyn dropped to 0-8 on the season.
VCU wins tenth straight
By: Parker Shumaker
The VCU volleyball team came into Saturday night’s matchup against Northwestern on a hot streak, as they were winners of nine straight matches. However, so was Northwestern. This didn’t seem to phase VCU at all though. They came out the gate strong and dominated the match from start to finish.
In the first set VCU got out early and stayed ahead most of the set, but as they were one point away from a set victory Northwestern made a run to pull within two points. This is when VCU called one of a couple of very well timed timeouts. After the timeout VCU made quick work and ended the set 25-22! The second set followed suit as VCU got out early again forcing Northwestern to play with their backs against the wall. However, they did come to tie this match 15-15 and forced VCU to use a timeout. This proved to be another well timeout as VCU went back ahead. Then came another late run by Northwestern, as they pulled within one. VCU used their second timeout wisely and they came out to make quick work again of the Wildcats and win the second set 25-23. The third match started different as VCU had to use their first timeout early as they were down 10-7. However, this started an onslaught as they not only pulled back ahead, but took a good lead. VCU dominated the last set and won it by a score of 25-17. For VCU the big standouts in tonight’s game were Vicky Giommarini and Alica Kandler. Both were offensive forces for the Rams tonight as Giommarini led them with 12 kills and Kandler came in right behind her with eight. Rebekah Strange also came in with an impressive and game high 16 digs, as she was big on the defensive side of the game for VCU.
After sweeping Northwestern and winning the VCU invite, the Rams have extended their winning streak to 10 games. This is the longest winning streak since 2009 and they have improved to 13-2, their best record since 2012. Their next matchup will be on Friday, September 22, against Rhode Island. This will be the start of in conference play. For Northwestern, this loss knocks them down to 10-2 and snaps their nine game winning streak. Their next matchup will also be in conference play as they face Purdue on September 20.
VCU wins game two of invitational
By: Jacob Sexton
VCU hosted Seton Hall, while riding their longest winning streak since 2013. However, this win did not come easy for the Rams. Coming off of a sweep against Bowling Green, a repeat performance was expected. Seton Hall would say otherwise.
As VCU ran out to a two set lead, Seton Hall look just about done. But Seton Hall would end up winning the third set 25-23. During the third set, the Head Coach for Seton Hall, Allison Yaeger, would receive a yellow card from the head official. This would motivate the Pirates in the fourth set as they would win 25-19. With both teams having two sets a piece, it would come down to the fifth and final set. Seton Hall, still riding on the momentum of the last two sets jumped out to an 8-4 lead. Then something happened. The Rams would start to respond with kills and blocks and would rally back to win 15-9, which extends the winning streak to nine in a row. This match was an all around team effort for the Rams as they had four players with double digit kills, with Jasmin Sneed and Vicky Giommarini leading the pack with 11 each. Also an impressive game from Dajah Ard who had 31 assists in this matchup.
The Rams are now 12-2 and their next matchup is later today on September 16, as they will face off a tough opponent in Northwestern who is also boasting a nine game winning streak. Seton Hall falls to 6-6 on the season and they will also play again later today against Bowling Green.