Rams Travel to Davidson Friday, VCU Sunday

Rams Travel to Davidson Friday, VCU Sunday

The Basics

  • Rhode Island made quick work of its only opponent last weekend, sweeping Fordham Saturday night at Keaney Gym.
  • The Rams improved to 7-2 in Atlantic 10 play with the win, good enough to keep them tied for second in the Atlantic 10 standings. 
  • Rhody enters the weekend looking to keep hold of the number-two spot, in hopes of acquiring one of the A-10's two first-round byes at next month's conference championship.
  • URI currently ranks second in the league in hitting percentage (.225) and third in kills per set (12.53). The Rams also are fourth in assists per set (11.78) and services aces per set (1.46) as well as fifth in blocks per set (2.12).
  • Individually, senior Callan Kinnan ranks second in the conference and 59th in the nation in assists per set (10.43). She has collected 772 total assists this season. 
  • Senior Layne Self ranks fourth in the conference and 54th nationally with 1.24 blocks per set. She also ranks fourth in the league and 72nd in the country with a .355 hitting percentage.
  • Senior Audrey Castro enters the weekend ranked fourth in the A-10 with 3.66 kills per set.
  • Junior Sam Roberts has the league's ninth-best hitting percentage at .293.
  • Junior Kylee Wolfe tied her personal best last Saturday, recording three total blocks against Fordham. She also had three blocks earlier in the season in Rhody's win over Saint Louis.

Weekend Schedule

Rhode Island vs. Davidson

  • The Rams lead the all-time series with the Wildcats, 2-1.
  • Rhode Island's first match with Davidson came during the 2014 season. The Rams swept the Wildcats the first two times the teams met, but fell in five sets last season.
  • Davidson enters the match with a 9-14 overall record and sits just below .500 in conference play at 4-5.
  • The Wildcats have lost three of their last four matches.
  • Last weekend, Davidson took down George Mason in three sets on Friday before being swept at George Washington on Saturday.
  • The Wildcats enter the weekend leading the conference in blocks per set (2.87) and are second in digs per set (15.01).
  • Davidson also ranks fifth in the A-10 in opponent hitting percentage (.196).
  • Individually, Kelly Friers leads the team with 207 kills (2.59 per set).
  • Mikayla Derochie has a majority of the Wildcats' assists with 593. Her 6.66 assists per set ranks tenth in the conference. Not far behind Derochie is Mason Rooney, who has collected 256 assists for the Wildcats.
  • Elise Edman has a team-best 333 digs and is seventh in the conference with 3.74 digs per set.
  • Emily Franklin is Davidson's top blocker, tallying 133 total blocks. She leads the A-10 with 1.49 blocks per set.
  • Additionally, Franklin ranks fifth in the conference with a .343 hitting percentage. 
  • Sabrina Shepherd also ranks in the top-10 in hitting percentage, coming in eighth at .300.

Rhode Island vs. VCU

  • VCU enters the weekend with a 16-10 overall record and is currently tied for fourth in the A-10 a 6-3 conference record.
  • Before facing Rhode Island on Sunday, VCU will host Fordham on Friday night.
  • Rhode Island and VCU are tied in the all-time series, 4-4. 
  • VCU took three of the first-four meetings, while Rhody took three of the last four, including both meetings between the teams last season.
  • Last weekend, VCU defeated both George Washington (3-1) and George Mason (3-1).
  • The Rams also swept Norfolk State on Wednesday by scores of 25-13, 25-13 and 25-15.
  • As a team, VCU has the Atlantc 10's best opponent hitting percentage (.164) and is second in blocks per set (2.43).
  • The Rams also rank third in the A-10 in service aces per set (1.49) and fourth in both digs (14.24) and kills (12.48) per set. 
  • Individually, Alicia Kandler leads the team in total kills, with 228.
  • Tyler Sroufe has 731 assists and is seventh in the conference in assists per set (7.78).
  • Rebekah Strange leads VCU in digs (424) and is third in the conference in digs per set (4.66).