How It Happened
With four matches still remaining in the regular season, Rhode Island (13-9, 8-2 A-10) clinched a spot in the Atlantic 10 Championship with a 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-11, 25-) victory at Davidson Friday night. Rhody's victory coupled with Fordham's loss at VCU ensured that the Rams would play in the conference tournament for the fourth consecutive season.
It was an up-and-down match for Rhode Island, which never trailed while taking the first set. Audrey Castro had four kills, two service aces, two blocks and two digs to spark the Rams early on.
Davidson (9-15, 4-6 A-10) responded by winning the second set, though the Rams had a late surge that provided momentum for the final two sets. Trailing 22-17, Rhode Island used a 6-1 rally to tie the set 23-23 before the Wildcats closed out the set with back-to-back points.
Building off the late surge in the second set, Rhody jumped out with a 7-1 spurt to start the third set. The Rams cruised from there, winning the set 25-11 to take a 2-1 set lead. Rhode Island controlled play the rest of the way, keeping Davidson at arm's length throughout the fourth and final set.
Inside the Box Score
- Senior Audrey Castro matched her season high with 20 kills and added 14 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. She also had three service aces, two blocks and two assists.
- Senior Callan Kinnan also had a double-double, the 34th of her career. She had 45 assists and 16 digs. Kinnan now has 950 career digs and needs just 50 more to become the 10th player in Rhode Island history with 1,000. Kinnan also chipped in four kills.
- Senior Layne Self dominated in the middle, recording 14 kills and four blocks.
- Sophomore Olivia Budinich had 17 digs, while junior Jessie Blaze added 10. As a team, the Rams had a whopping 72-48 advantage in digs.
- Juniors Kylee Wolfe and Sam Roberts combined for 17 kills.
- Junior Marie Gillcrist had four kills and three blocks.
Stat of the Match
4 – Rhode Island has earned a spot in the Atlantic 10 Championship for the fourth consecutive season.
Rhode Island plays at VCU Sunday, Oct. 30. The match starts at 1 p.m.