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Fall Sports Week In Review: 9/5/16 – 9/11/16

Men’s Soccer at #2 North Carolina (9/5/16)

Records: VCU 0-3, North Carolina 3-0

An action-packed first half between VCU and North Carolina saw a total of four goals scored during the period.

After an early goal by North Carolina, VCU evened things up 10 minutes later as Dakota Barnathan scored on a penalty kick in the 18th minute, his first of the season. Each team would score another goal apiece in the first half, but it would be a goal in the 82nd minute by North Carolina that would give VCU a 3-2 loss on the road to the 2nd ranked team in the country.

Lyndsey Moreland would score the other goal for VCU, also his first of the season. North Carolina outshot VCU 13-3 in the first half and held an advantage on corner kicks. A bright spot the Rams can take away from the game is that they had a Shot-on-Goal (SOG) percentage of 63% on the night (5-for-8), their best mark of the season so far.

VCU Volleyball vs. High Point (9/6/16)  

Records: VCU 3-4, High Point 5-2

Kandler’s 16 kills leads Rams to Victory in Home Opener

By: James Shumaker

VCU women’s volleyball came out and put on a strong performance in their first match at the Siegel Center this season defeating High Point 3-1 (27-25, 18-25, 25-15, 25-21). The Rams fought back to win the first set after being down on numerous occasions. After letting the second set slip through their fingers the Rams never looked back.  VCU was led by three players who had double digit kills. Alica Kandler, the outside hitting junior, led the Rams with 16 kills.  Sahbria Mcletchie and Julia Adler followed with 12 and 10 kills respectively.  Bekah Strange led the defensive front with 28 digs in the match. VCU now improves to 3-4 on the early season.

Women’s Soccer vs. William & Mary (9/8/16)

Records: VCU 2-3-1, William & Mary 4-2

The VCU Rams had plenty of opportunities to score multiple goals Thursday night with a total of 13 shots on goal. However, the only goal scored in the game by William & Mary’s Sarah Segan gave the Tribe a 1-0 victory over the Rams. Another reason VCU was held scoreless in large part goes to the career night William & Mary goalkeeper Grace Smith had. Smith totaled 13 saves and proved time and time again that she was the best player on the field that night.

In the last 10 minutes, VCU had multiple shot on goals, with the last one being off the crossbar in the 89th minute, the Rams’ last opportunity to take the game into overtime.

The Rams would total 22 shots in all, with 13 of them on goal, while William & Mary only took 9 shots in which 3 were on goal. VCU also took 11 corner kicks, including a stretch in the game where they had four corner kicks in four consecutive plays. Seven Rams took at least two shots. Julia Suarez led the team with five total shots and Megan Dell took four, with all of her shots being on goal.

 Men’s Soccer vs. Radford (9/9/16)

Records: VCU 0-4, #18 Radford 4-0   

VCU came out the gates quick. The Rams scored early in the second minute with a goal by Francesco Amorosino. However, the 18th ranked Radford Highlanders responded just a minute later. Fraser Coleman headed in a corner kick to tie things at 1-1 early in the game. But after that it was all Radford. VCU gave up three unanswered goals as the Highlanders went on to defeat the Rams by a score of 4-2. Amorosino would score again in the 83rd minute, his second of the game and the season. It was also a tough day for the Rams’ starting goalkeeper Pierre Gardan. He got banged up early in the first half, then proceeded to give up four goals before being replaced by Joseph Rice in the second half.

Radford outshot VCU for the game 12-11, with six of those shots coming in the second half and Radford came away with three corner kicks compared to VCU’s one.

VCU Volleyball vs. College of Charleston at the Col. of Charleston Tournament (9/9/16)

Records: VCU 3-5, Col. of Charleston 4-3

While the Rams were active at the net with Sophomore Tori Baldwin registering eight blocks and teammate Julia Adler notching six, the College of Charleston pulled away late to defeat the Rams 3-1 (25-16, 25-27, 25-21, 26-24) in both teams’ first game in the Charleston Classic Tournament.

By the end of the match, VCU’s front line recorded 14 blocks, and sophomore outside hitter Sahbria McLetchie delivered 16 kills. McLetchie was one of three VCU players to come away with double-digit kills, Adler and Alica Kandler provided 13 kills apiece. VCU freshman setter Tyler Sroufe was a stat sheet stuffer Friday night producing 37 assists, 13 digs, and four blocks for the Rams.

VCU Volleyball vs. Eastern Michigan at the Col. of Charleston Tournament (9/10/16) 

Records: VCU 3-6, Eastern Michigan 4-5

Alica Kandler led VCU with 13 kills, but Eastern Michigan got the best of the Rams Saturday morning at the College of Charleston Classic winning the match 3-1 (25-19, 25-16, 24-26, 25-23). Eastern Michigan’s back-line play slowed the Rams offense. VCU was limited to a .103 hitting percentage in the match.

VCU looked to even the match and pulled within 21-20 in the fourth set on a Tori Baldwin solo block. But back-to-back kills by Devon Murray and Alysa Sutton pushed EMU ahead 23-20. Sophomore Sahbria McLetchie squeezed in kills between an Eastern Michigan point to bring VCU within a point, 24-23. However, Sutton put to bed VCU’s chances with her 11th and final kill of the match on the next play.

Kandler posted her third double-double of the season for VCU with 13 digs to go along with the aforementioned 13 kills. She also served up an ace. McLetchie posted 11 kills, nine digs, and four blocks. Freshman Jasmin Sneed contributed four blocks, while Baldwin had three for the match.

VCU Volleyball vs. Charleston Southern at the Col. of Charleston Tournament (9/10/16)  

Records: VCU 4-6, Charleston Southern 3-8  

Junior Alica Kandler led VCU’s offense with 11 kills in the Rams 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-16) win over Charleston Southern on Saturday. Freshman Jasmin Sneed led the VCU defense with a team and match-high five blocks in VCU’s final game at the College of Charleston Classic.

The Rams never looked back after they gained a 7-3 advantage in the first set. The Rams owned a 6-0 advantage in service aces and their defense at the net helped them gain a 7-2 advantage in blocks over Charleston Southern.

Sophomore Julia Adler recorded nine kills, Freshman Vicky Giommarini contributed nine kills to go along with a career-high 14 digs. Teammate Tyler Sroufe also set a career-high with four blocks during the match.

The Rams return to action on Tuesday, September 13, as they travel to face William & Mary. Game time set for 7 p.m.

Women’s Soccer at American University (9/11/16) 

Records: VCU 3-3-1, American 1-7 

It took only five minutes into the match for VCU to get onto the board. Tori Burress would knock home her first goal of the season off a one-timer on a pass from Julia Suarez just 1:30 into the game. Three minutes later, Suarez would score her second goal of the season as assisted by Burress, as she sent a through ball into the box for Suarez to send home. Maddi Santos would then add two goals in the game and after that, VCU pretty much was in control the rest of the way winning 5-1.

The Rams took double-digit shots for the second consecutive game, taking 14 shots, with 11 of them on goal and goalkeeper Audrey Sanderson picks up her third win of the season, finishing with three saves in the game.

VCU will return to action this Friday, when they travel to face James Madison University on the road at 7 p.m.

Men’s Soccer vs. #23 Vermont (9/11/16)

Records: VCU 1-4, Vermont 5-1

The VCU Rams took advantage of their scoring opportunities Sunday afternoon, with goals by Eli Lockaby and Jorge Herranz in the 44th and 63rd minute respectively. Also thanks to a strong effort by goalkeeper Pierre Gardan and the rest of VCU’s defense they only allowed one goal, as they defeated the University of Vermont by a final score of 2-1. This was the Rams first win of the season and their first win over a ranked opponent in 2016.

Fortia Munts collected his first collegiate points in the match, collecting a pair of assists. The goals scored by Lockaby and Herranz were their first of the season and Lockaby led the team with shots in the game.

VCU will return to action this Wednesday, September 14 when they travel to Charlottesville to take on the University of Virginia. Game time set for 7 p.m.

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.