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Fall Sports Weekend Review: 9/2/16 – 9/4/16

VCU Volleyball vs. University of New Orleans at FGCU Hilton Garden Inn Invitational (9/2/16)

Records: VCU 1-3, Univ. of New Orleans 1-4

Sophomore outside hitter Sahbria McLetchie had a career night hitting a career-high 23 kills leading the Rams to a 3-1 victory (25-15, 25-16, 21-25, 25-19) over New Orleans Friday in the FGCU Hilton Garden Inn Invitational.

McLetchie committed only five errors in 42 swings and hit .429 in the match. Freshman setter Tyler Sroufe had 51 assists and dug nine balls. Sophomore Julia Adler reached 10 kills, while teammate Tori Baldwin chipped in with eight kills and two blocks. Freshman Jasmin Sneed hit seven kills and recorded four blocks for the Rams.

VCU Women’s Soccer vs. Sacred Heart in the VCU Invitational (9/2/16)

Defensive Stalemate ends in a Tie

By: Jacob Sexton

Records: VCU 1-2-1, Sacred Heart 1-2-2

In VCU Women’s Soccer home opener against Sacred Heart, the game resulted in a tie score of 0-0. Despite the score, both teams had their chances to score goals. VCU would control the tempo throughout the first half with Junior Megan Dell and Sophomore Maddi Santo having multiple scoring opportunities. However, Sacred Heart’s defense inside the penalty box along with a plethora of saves by Nicole Sambuco helped the Pioneers keep VCU off the scoreboard.

The second half began with Sacred Heart being the aggressors on offense but, VCU’s defense too was great, assisted by Sophomore goalkeeper Audrey Sanderson, who made game changing saves throughout the half. Sophomore Kelly Graves provided multiple scoring chances within the 69th and 75th minute but could not prevail. Sophomore Julia Suarez came off the bench in the 86th minute and provided an opportunity to break the tie but came up short when Sambuco made the save.

When the temperature began to drop as both teams went into extra time, the play from both squads sure heated up.  With Sanderson stepping out the 18 and was knocked down, the window was wide open for Sacred Heart to score. That window remained open until a miraculous save by Sophomore Brittany Beckwith, kicking the ball away while she was laying on her back, keeping the score tied at 0-0. Both teams combined for 17 saves on the night with Sacred Heart having 8 and VCU having 9.

 VCU Volleyball vs. Delaware at FGCU Hilton Garden Inn Invitational (9/3/16)

Records: VCU 2-3, Delaware 4-2

Sophomores Sahbria McLetchie and Julia Adler combined for 32 kills and freshman Jasmin Sneed recorded eight blocks in VCU’s 3-1 win over Delaware (25-14, 25-17, 27-29, 25-23) Saturday at the FGCU Invitational, their second straight win in the tournament.

McLetchie starred once again with 18 kills and six blocks. Sophomore middle Tori Baldwin had 11 kills and registered six blocks. Four Rams were credited with at least six blocks and Junior Iibero Rebekah Strange collected 21 digs for VCU, which helped stopped Delaware offensive attack.

VCU Volleyball vs. Florida Gulf Coast at FGCU Hilton Garden Inn Invitational (9/3/16)  

Records: VCU 2-4, Florida Gulf Coast 4-2

VCU couldn’t hold off Florida Gulf Coast Saturday in the Rams’ weekend finale as they lost 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-11).

VCU sophomore Julia Adler provided nine kills and hit .350 in the match and freshman CeCe Madison added six kills and four digs. Also, junior Iibero Rebekah Strange had 10 digs. VCU freshman setter Tyler Sroufe collected 23 assists and dug five balls in the lost as well.

Adler and sophomore Tori Baldwin were named to the All-Tournament Team for their efforts in three matches over the weekend.

VCU will host High Point in the Rams’ home opener on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

VCU Women’s Soccer vs. Holy Cross in the VCU Invitational (9/4/16)  

Records: VCU 2-2-1, Holy Cross 1-3-1

Strong first half leads Rams to Victory

By: Parker Shumaker

VCU women’s soccer hosted Holy Cross in their second game of the VCU Invitational. After a double overtime stalemate with Sacred Heart, the Rams’ offense came to life. The Rams scored 3 goals in just the first half.  It only took five minutes for the Rams to get on the board with Julia Suarez’s goal coming off of a penalty kick. Twenty minutes after the first goal, Amanda Tredway followed with a goal of her own.  Megan Dell also chimed in with a goal in the 36th minute of the game. This gave the Rams a commanding three nil lead over the Crusaders.  With two minutes left in the first half the Crusaders showed a little life with a goal by Kara Shaw.

The second half was strategically different for the Rams. They were playing with a two goal lead and became a keep away and defensive team. It showed to work well as they kept Holy Cross off the board for the rest of the game.  However, the VCU offense was not done as they padded their lead with a Maddi Santo goal in the 62nd minute. This showed to be the final nail in the coffin for the Crusaders, as they couldn’t fight out of the hole they had dug.

This was the best offensive game for the Rams this season. The first game that VCU was able to score more than two goals in a game and it proved to be beneficial. This brought the VCU women’s soccer record to 2-2-1 on the season. The Rams look to bring the same intensity offensively and grab another win as they host William and Mary on Thursday September 8th at 7 p.m.

Fall Sports Week in Review: 8/19-8/28

Women’s Soccer vs. Northwestern at JMU Invitational (8/19)  

Records: Northwestern 1-0, VCU 0-1

  • The VCU Rams started their season off with a loss to Northwestern last Friday night. Both teams went the whole 90 minutes without scoring a goal, but eight minutes into overtime, Northwestern’s Brenna Lovera scored the game winning goal to give Northwestern the 1-0 win over the Rams.
  • VCU had a total of 10 shots for the game with seven of those coming in the second half.
  • Northwestern had six shots on goal compared to only one for VCU.


Women’s Soccer vs. Arkansas at JMU Invitational (8/21)  

Records: Arkansas 3-0, VCU 0-2

  • In the Rams second game of the season they suffered another heartbreaking loss, this time to Arkansas. After a first half goal from junior Amanda Hallesjo, VCU’s intensity dropped off in the second half. The Rams allowed to second-half goals to Arkansas to give the Razorbacks a 2-1 win in VCU’s final game of the JMU Invitational.
  • Junior Megan Dell contributed four of the team’s seven shots, with two on net.
  • Arkansas had 13 corner kick opportunities throughout the match with nine of them coming in the second half.
  • VCU only had four corner opportunities, all coming in the first half.


Women’s Soccer at Old Dominion (8/25)

Records: Old Dominion 1-2, VCU 1-2  

  • The VCU Rams Women’s soccer team picked up their first win of the season on August 25th with a 2-1 win over Old Dominion University Monarchs. Natalie Robles and Sarah Gibson each scored their first goals of the season in the win.
  • VCU put many opportunities together from the corner holding the advantage 5-2 over the Monarchs.
  • Goalkeeper Audrey Sanderson earned her first win of the season, recording a save on two shots.
  • VCU returns to action next Friday, September 2 when they face Sacred Heart in their first game of the VCU Invitational at 7:30 p.m.


VCU Volleyball: Hampton Inn Invitational (8/26)

Records: VCU 0-1, Bowling Green 1-0

  • VCU dropped their season opener to Bowling Green on August 26th losing three sets to zero (25-17, 25-19, 25-22). Junior outside hitter Alicia Kandler had a match-high 15 kills and provided nine kills.
  • Junior Iibero Rebekah Strange led VCU’s back line with 15 digs.
  • Freshman outside hitter CeCe Madison added nine kills and seven digs for the Rams, while freshman setter Tyler Sroufe handed out 25 assists.


VCU Volleyball: Hampton Inn Invitational (8/26)

Records: #23 Louisville 2-0, VCU 0-2

  • In their second game at Bowling Green’s Hampton Inn Invitational, VCU faced off against the 23rd ranked Louisville Cardinals. The Rams put up a great effort but fell short to the Cardinals three sets to zero (25-22, 25-23, 25-23).
  • VCU stayed in the match thanks to stout defense. The Rams dug 66 balls in the contest and limited the Cardinals to a .173 hitting percentage. In addition to Strange, junior Alicia Kandler recorded 15 digs.
  • Junior libero Rebekah Strange collected 24 digs to lead VCU
  • Freshman outside hitter CeCe Madison booked her first career double-double with a team-high 10 kills and 10 digs for the Rams.
  • Freshman Jasmin Snead added four kills and four blocks, while freshman setter Tyler Sroufe contributed 26 assists.


Men’s Soccer vs. Stetson (8/26)

Records: VCU 0-1, Stetson 1-0

  • VCU loss their season opener to Stetson 2-1 in overtime on August 26th. The Rams dominated the game taking 21 shots with 10 on goal, but somehow Stetson found a way to sneak out the win. The game-winning goal from Stetson came from Gabriel Diniz with the assist by Luke Ferreira.
  • Junior Gerald Vargas scored his first goal for VCU toward the end of the first half, with Junior Steven Dal Molin getting the assist.
  • VCU took 13 shots in the first half, along with a total of 13 corner kicks throughout the game.
  • Both Fortia Munts and Ryo Shimazaki played good games as well, combining for nine shots, five of them on net.

VCU Volleyball: Hampton Inn Invitational (8/27)  

Records: VCU 0-3, Oakland 2-1

  • VCU fell to Oakland for their third consecutive loss at Bowling Green’s Hampton Inn Invitational on August 27th.
  • Junior Alicia Kandler hit .400 on 25 swings and added a pair of blocks for the Rams to go along with 13 kills. She hit .221 and averaged 3.67 kills per set in three matches this weekend. Kandler was making her VCU debut after transferring from Daytona State College.
  • Freshman setter Tyler Sroufe dished out 26 assists and added three kills and three blocks for VCU.
  • Freshman CeCe Madison kicked in eight kills and eight digs, while junior libero Rebekah Strange dug seven balls.
  • The Rams will head to Fort Myers, Florida and the campus of Florida Gulf Coast for the FGCU Hilton Garden Inn Invitational Sept. 2-3.

Men’s Soccer vs. UNLV (8/28)  

Records: VCU 0-2, UNLV 1-1

  • After a tough overtime loss in their season opener, VCU had the chance to correct their wrong; however, it turned out to be the same outcome. The Rams lost to UNLV 2-1 in double overtime on Sunday night, with UNLV’s Timo Mehlich scoring the game winning goal in the 103rd
  • Junior Rafael Andrade Santos scored his first goal of the season in his first appearance for the Rams this season.
  • UNLV outshot the Rams for the game 14-11, gaining their advantage in the second half with seven shots.
  • Both teams came away with four corner kicks apiece, while UNLV led the way in fouls with 17 compared to VCU’s eight.
  • VCU will return to action this Friday, September 2 when they hit the road for the first time this season against Coastal Carolina. Game time set for 7 p.m.