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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.

Golden Victory: VCU Defeats the Ospreys 80-68

Richmond, Va. – The VCU Rams picked up their third consecutive victory against the North Florida Ospreys Wednesday night 80-68. Melvin Johnson led the team in scoring with 23 points. VCU was able to get contributions elsewhere as Mo Alie-Cox scored a career-high 19 points and Korey Billbury finished with 22 points off the bench. Jequan Lewis only scored four points, but had a career-high 10 assists and three steals.

North Florida got off to a quick start in the first half jumping out to a 9-0 lead, but the Rams charged back with nine points to tie the game. Both teams alternated the lead before the Rams took control of the game jumping out to an eight-point lead at halftime. North Florida shot 50% in the first half, but had a hard time holding on to the ball in the halfcourt turning the ball over 10 times.

The Rams were able to carry the momentum they established in the first half into the second half shooting 57% from the field. Melvin Johnson and Korey Billbury hit a trio of shots from behind the arc to further establish pull away from the Ospreys. Mo Alie-Cox asserted himself down low scoring 13 of his 19 points in the half, including a dunk that blew the roof off the Siegel Center. The Rams went up by as much as 18 after a layup from Ahmed Hamdy, 61-43. The Ospreys would not go away as they cut the deficit down to eight with 2:51 to go. This was the closest the Ospreys would get as the Rams would pull away from the Ospreys.

North Florida’s, Dallas Moore, scored a team-high 24 points. North Florida, known for their three-point shooting making 12.9 per game (first in the nation), was held in check as they were 5-18 from downtown.

“Now we got some momentum,” VCU coach Will Wade said emphatically after the game. “We’ve won three in a row. You want to go into the conference season winning. I think we’re as tested or more tested than any team in our conference. Now, we have to continue to play well, continue to get better, understand what’s led to our winning streak, and us playing better.”

With the win, VCU improves to 8-5 as they finished their out-of-conference play. The Rams start conference play with this Saturday at the Siegel Center when they take on the George Mason Patriots. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00.

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Tribal Victory: VCU Defeats William & Mary 73-47

Richmond, Va. – The VCU Women’s Basketball team picked up their fourth consecutive win on Monday night defeating the William and Mary Tribe 73-47. Isis Thorpe, Adaeze Alaeze, and Curteeona Brelove all scored 11 points in the win.

The Rams set the tone early on defense forcing the Tribe to commit eight turnovers in the first quarter. The Rams finished the first quarter on a 10-3 run to establish control of the game. After being down as much as 15 in the second quarter, the Tribe rebounded as they went on an 11-2 run to trim their deficit down to six. That would be the closest the Tribe would get to the Rams as the black and gold scored eight of the final 10 points of the first half giving the Rams a twelve point lead going into half time.

The Rams would continue their onslaught in the second half as they caused the Tribe to commit a turnover nine seconds into the third quarter. Keira Robinson knocked down back-to-back treys to kickstart a 10-0 run. The Tribe were unable to score a point for over four minutes which allowed the Rams to pull away in the third quarter. Isis Thorpe hit consecutive triples in the fourth quarter to seal the deal for the Rams.

The Rams improve to 10-2 on the season. The Rams will enjoy an eight day layoff returning to action on Wednesday, December 30 when they take on the North Carolina A&T Aggies in Greensboro, NC.

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WVCW Sports Review: November 23-29

We hope that you had a Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully you did not have too many leftovers this weekend so that you can find what has been going on in RamNation this week. Like your turkey, this week was stuffed with great action with sweet rewards for dessert.

Men’s Basketball

  • The Rams went a 2-0 this weekend picking up wins over the American Eagles on Wednesday night 68-39 and in-state rival, the Old Dominion Monarchs on Saturday 76-67. Both games were played in front of sold-out crowds at the Siegel Center.
  • VCU was able to an early lead against the Eagles and never look back as the Rams were able to coast to a decisive victory. Justin Tillman earned his second career double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Melvin Johnson led the team in points with 13.
  • The Rams faced tougher competition on Saturday when they faced the ODU Monarchs. VCU was blitzed right at the start of the game as the Monarchs hit four three pointers in the first four minutes and led 16-8. After the early barrage, VCU locked in defensively and took control of the game. VCU led by as much as 11 and won by nine. Jequan Lewis led the Rams with 16 points off the bench.
  • Mo Alie-Cox moved into sixth place on the VCU blocks list as he has 126 now.
  • Melvin Johnson is now in sixth place on the VCU all-time three-point list.
  • The Rams are now 4-2 this season with all wins being at home. The Rams will be on the road for their next two games as the will face Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in their first true road game of the season Wednesday night. Then they will travel to Atlanta to face the Florida State Seminoles in a neutral site game next Sunday afternoon.

Women’s Basketball

  • Like the men, the women’s went 2-0 this week on their homecourt as they defeated the Campbell Camels on Tuesday. They followed that win with a commanding 22 point win against the Furman Paladins on Sunday 68-44.
  • The Rams played stifling defense against the Camels as they held them to eight points in the first half. The Camels were able to establish some momentum in the second half, but they fell behind early and were not able to catch the Rams. VCU forced 26 the Campbell to commit 26 turnovers.

Adaeze Alaeze finished the game with 12 points and five rebounds for the Rams in 19 minutes of play.

  • The Rams were able to get an early lead against the Paladins as they never trailed in the game. VCU opened the game up in the third quarter going on a 14-4 run and never looked back outscoring Furman 18-9 in the third quarter. Ashley Pegram led the Rams in points with 16 off the bench in only 12 minutes.
  • The Rams will enjoy a couple of days off before facing UNC Wilmington at the Siegel Center on Wednesday at 7:00. VCU will participate in the Arizona State Classic this weekend. They will face the host, Arizona State on Saturday and then they will face Toledo or Columbia on Sunday.

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Sweet Revenge: VCU Defeats ODU 76-67

Richmond, Va. – VCU was able to exact revenge on the Old Dominion Monarchs as won 76-67 at the Siegel Center. Three players scored in double figures as Jequan Lewis led the way with 16 points of the bench. Melvin Johnson finished with 13 points and Jordan Burgess followed up with twelve points. The Rams knocked down 10 three-pointers in the game.

ODU came right out the gates knocking down four three pointers within the first four minutes of the game and lead after the first media timeout 16-8 while VCU committed three turnovers in that span. VCU took the lead 18-16 with 9:25 with a three-pointer from Doug Brooks while the Rams defense shut down the offense of the Monarchs as they were not able to score for over six minutes. The Monarchs answered with a field goal to tie the game at 18. From there, both teams played a back and forth game as both teams took their turns leading the game and even tied at a few points in the first half. Jordan Baker hit a pair of free throws with five seconds left in the first half to tie the game at halftime at 35. Brooks had nine points in the game, all of them came in the first half as he hit a trifecta of threes.

The Rams were able to capitalize on Mo Alie-Cox being double-teamed in the second half which led to six three pointers being hit.

“In the first half, they either double-teamed me or sunk in,” Alie-Cox said. “In the second half, when I caught the ball with one-on-one coverage, I went straight up. If they double-teamed, we got a lot of wide open threes.”

Melvin Johnson knocked down back-to-back three pointers in 41 seconds to give VCU a nine-point lead, 49-40. Soon thereafter, VCU was able to obtain a double-digit lead in the second half with their biggest lead being 11 (54-43). ODU trimmed VCU’s lead down to three before with five minutes left. The Rams followed up with a 12-2 run which included a pair of threes from Korey Billbury and Lewis. The Monarchs kept fighting, but they did not have much left in the tank as the Rams were able to claim victory in the annual affair.

When asked about the defensive performance in the second half, Lewis said “We buckled down in the halfcourt. Getting stops gave us momentum and if they [ODU] can’t score, we’re going to win.”

VCU head coach, Will Wade, called today’s performance was probably the best they have played at home this season.

“After the first four minutes where ODU blitzed us, they only shot 38% which was good for us,” Wade said.

The Rams improve to 4-2 this season as they get will travel to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to face the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on Wednesday night in their first true road game this season.