How It Happened
For the first time since Sept. 17, Rhode Island needed five sets to finish off an opponent, downing VCU 3-2 Sunday afternoon in Richmond, Va. VCU appeared to be on pace to grab the win, but URI rallied back from a 13-10, fifth-set deficit to avoid defeat.
With the victory, Rhode Island keeps a lock on second place in the Atlantic 10 standings, with the top two teams earning a first-round bye for the A-10 Championship. Had URI lost the match, both VCU and Rhody would be tied for second in the standings, with VCU holding the tiebreaker and just three conference games remaining.
Inside the Box Score
- Senior Audrey Castro recorded her second double-double of the season with 13 digs and a match-high 21 kills. She also added four block assists.
- Junior Kylee Wolfe double-doubled as well, registering 10 kills and 11 digs to go along with two blocks and an assist.
- Seniors Layne Self and Callan Kinnan filled out the stat sheet as Self registered 13 kills, five blocks, three service aces and three digs while Kinnan totaled 54 assists, seven digs, two aces, two blocks and two kills.
- Junior Jessie Blaze turned in a match-high 18 digs to go along with three service aces.
- Juniors Sam Roberts and Marie Gillcrist finished with eight and six kills, respectively. Gillcrist also had three blocks while Roberts recorded three digs.
- Sophomore Olivia Budinich was the fourth Rams to register double-digit digs, finishing the match with 11.
Stat of the Match
54 – Callan Kinnan registered 54 assists in the match while, as a team, VCU had five different players combine for 47.
Rhode Island returns to Kingston for its final home matches of the season next weekend. The Rams will host George Washington on Friday and George Mason on Saturday.