SNEED, GIOMMARINI PROPEL VCU BACK TO A-10 TITLE MATCH  

Atlantic 10 Conference Semifinals
Score: VCU 3, Las Salle 0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-22)
Location: Kingston, R.I. (Keany Gymnasium)
Records: VCU 24-5, La Salle (14-13)

The short story: VCU is headed back to the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Match. Seniors Vicky Giommarini and Jasmin Sneed combined for 22 kills and 11 blocks to propel the top-seeded Rams to an A-10 semifinal win over La Salle. VCU will meet either Dayton or Saint Louis the title bout at 2 p.m. Sunday in Kingston.

OPENING VOLLEY

  • Giommarini provided a match-high 12 kills and hit a robust .632 in the match. She did not commit a hitting error in 19 attempts. She added three blocks and four digs
  • Sneed was similarly dominant. The 6-foot middle blocker spiked 10 kills on 14 swings and hit .643. She recorded a match-high eight blocks for the Black and Gold
  • Junior outside hitter Paula Neciporuka added six kills and five digs for VCU, while senior opposite Gina Tuzzolo contributed five kills and five blocks
  • Senior libero Madalon Simpson shored up the back row with 10 digs for the Rams
  • Samantha Graver led the fourth-seeded Explorers with 12 kills

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU, the national leader in blocks per set, outblocked La Salle 11-1
  • VCU hit .383 in the match and committed just nine hitting errors on the night
  • La Salle committed 11 service errors without recording an ace

 NOTABLE

  • VCU is headed to the A-10 Championship Match for the third straight season. The Rams defeated Dayton in 2017 for the crown and fell to the Flyers last year in the title match
  • The Rams have won 18 straight matches
  • VCU is 45-2 against A-10 competition the last three seasons

 

 

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