RAMS SERVE COLONIALS A SWEEP

Score: VCU 3, George Washington 0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-20)
Location: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 13-8 (4-1 A-10), George Washington 6-13 (0-6)

The short story: Sophomore Julia Adler hammered 10 kills, and VCU served up 13 aces – its most in nine years – on the way to a sweep of George Washington Sunday afternoon.
 
OPENING VOLLEY
  • Adler hit .389 and added three blocks to help the Rams complete a perfect weekend. VCU has won three straight matches and 11 consecutive sets.
  • Freshman Madalon Simpson served up five of VCU's season-high 13 aces. It's the second time this season Simpson has recorded five aces in a match. For the Rams, it was their most aces in a match since Sept. 1, 2007 against Maryland.
  • Freshmen setters Tyler Sroufe and Dajah Ard combined for 32 assists as the Rams hit .281.
  • Junior Alica Kandler spiked eight kills and hit .333, while freshmen Vicky Giommarini and Jasmin Sneed registered seven kills apiece and hit .278 and .500, respectively.
  • On the back row, junior Rebekah Strange collected 16 digs for VCU.
THE DIFFERENCE
  • In addition to VCU's 13-3 advantage in service aces, the Rams limited the Colonials to a .087 hitting percentage. VCU also outdug George Washington 35-25 and outblocked the Colonials 7-5.
  • VCU raced out to a 1-0 lead in the match after hitting .448 in the opening set. The Rams were nearly as good in the second when they hit .320 and recorded just three hitting errors.
NOTABLE
  • With Sunday's win, the Rams moved to 4-1 in Atlantic 10 play, the team's best start in the league since 2013, when VCU opened 5-0.
  • On reason for VCU's success this season has been its prowess in serve receive. The Rams allowed 1.60 service aces a set last season. This year, VCU has trimmed that to 1.09.
WHAT'S NEXT
The stage is set for a pivotal showdown with defending champion Dayton on Friday at 7 p.m. at the E.J. Wade Arena. The Flyers currently sit just outside the top 25 in the AVCA Coaches Poll.