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VCU Sweeps Liberty, 3-0
In a matchup of Commonwealth rivals, VCU posted a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-11, 25-15) over Liberty, Friday at Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum.
The Rams (4-0) hit .544 as a team, winning match one of the Kentucky Classic. The Lady Flames' record dips to 1-4 on the season, as Liberty connected at a .069 pace. VCU also held a 3-0 lead in blocks, 6-3 in aces and 30-19 in digs.
VCU sophomore Romana Kriskova hit .833 in scoring 21 kills, and also served up four aces. Sophomore Kalah Jones (.765) tacked on 14 kills. Cecilia Aragao, a junior, dished out a match-high 40 assists, and junior Amanda Love led all players with 30 digs.
The Lady Flames were led in kills by junior Melissa Racz and freshman Nzea McQuitery, with five each. Seniors Lillie Happel and Jade Craycraft tied for the team lead with six digs each, while Happel had two aces. Happel's two kills leave her 12 away from 1,000 for her career.
VCU won set one, 25-19, recording a .516 hitting percentage while getting eight kills from Kriskova and seven from Jones. With Liberty trailing, 14-11, Susan Babcock sent down a kill to slice the deficit to two points. After the Rams built a pair of five-point leads, the Lady Flames got to within 20-17 when Happel fashioned a kill, before VCU closed strongly to the finish. McQuitery and Babcock both recorded three set-one kills for the Lady Flames, who hit .143 as a team.
The Rams led the second set from start to finish, outscoring the Lady Flames, 18-6, over the final 24 serves on the way to a 25-11 set victory and a 2-0 match lead. VCU continued its offensive proficiency, hitting .500 for the set, while the Lady Flames recorded four kills and hit negative. Kriskova recorded five kills on as many attempts and added two blocks.
After a tightly-contested early portion of set three, during which VCU led 13-11, the Rams pulled away for a 25-15, match-clinching victory. VCU hit a match-high .600 during the final set, recording 20 kills, while Liberty tallied eight kills at a .231 pace. Kriskova scored eight kills in addition to three aces in set three, while Racz contributed three kills for the Lady Flames.
The Lady Flames return to the court at 5 p.m., when they will compete against defending Atlantic Sun champion East Tennessee State.