VCU Volleyball vs. Duquesne

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.

VCU Women’s Soccer vs. St. Joseph’s

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.

Cary St. Gym evacuated due to pool fumes

By Alan Booth and Julie Rothey

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Cary St. Gym was evacuated this morning due to potentially hazardous fumes in the pool area around 10 a.m. Cary Street was closed between Harrison Street and Cherry Street.

Richmond Fire Department responded to the alarm, and gave the all-clear at 11:30 a.m. The gym and pool are both now open. The pool is safe to use.

The alarm was triggered by a VCU Rec Sports employee when a combination of residual chemicals and chlorine added to the system two days ago produced an unknown odor. Deputy Fire Marshal Earl Dyer confirmed that the chemicals never posed a risk to students using the pool.

VCU Senior Merin Duke was using the pool at the time of the alarm. Duke was ushered by lifeguards out of the gym. Later, once staff was alerted that the alarm was not a drill, students were moved across the street.

“All of my books for today, my wallet, my keys, and my phone, and my clothes are all in the gym,” Duke said while waiting for the building to reopen. Lifeguards provided her and the other students in bathing suits with robes.

Duke said evacuees were given frequent updates, and were told there were chemicals in the pool that could potentially cause an explosion. While rare, pool chemical explosions can occur when chemicals are mixed or added improperly.

The Richmond Fire Department’s HazMat team entered the building around 11:20 to assess the situation. The team used only their personal protective equipment and breathing apparatuses, instead of their full chemical entry suits.

Dyer stated that after testing, the HazMat team concluded the odor was caused by the interaction of chlorine added two days ago with residual chemicals in the filtration system’s pipes. The pool’s chemical balance is managed by head lifeguards using an array of pre-mixed chemicals to correct pH and chlorine levels.

The Fire Department gave the all-clear to re-enter the gym at 11:30. The gym was reopened by VCU just fifteen minutes later, though the pool itself remained closed until 12:30.

Despite the unexpected evacuation, Duke praised the VCU Rec Sports staff for being “very friendly, giving [students] frequent updates, as much information as they could,” and thought that “they did an A+ job.”

 

VCU Volleyball vs. Maryland Eastern Shore

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.

VCU Men’s Soccer vs. Davidson

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.

Washington Wizards training camp returns to VCU

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.