Posted: Nov 03, 2016
- Rhode Island took two important matches last weekend, picking up a pair of road wins at both Davidson (3-1) and VCU (3-2).
- With the wins, the Rams improved to 9-2 in Atlantic 10, giving them sole possession of second place in the conference standings. Rhody enters the weekend looking to keep hold of the number-two spot, in hopes of acquiring one of two first-round byes at the A-10 Championship later this month.
- URI currently ranks second in the league in hitting percentage (.223) and third in kills per set (12.60), opponent hitting percentage (.182), assists per set (11.87) and services aces per set (1.47).
- The Rams also are fifth overall in blocks per set (2.08).
- Individually, senior Audrey Castro earned A-10 Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Monday afternoon. She combined for 41 kills, 27 digs and two double-doubles in Rhody's two matches last weeks.
- Castro also enters the weekend ranked fourth in the A-10 with 3.76 kills per set.
- Senior Callan Kinnan ranks second in the conference and 57th in the nation in assists per set (10.49). She has collected 871 total assists this season.
- Senior Layne Self ranks fourth in the conference and 65th nationally with 1.22 blocks per set. She also ranks fourth in the league and 72nd in the country with a .354 hitting percentage.
- Junior Sam Roberts has the league's ninth-best hitting percentage at .281.
- URI's defensive specialists - sophomore Olivia Budinich and junior Jessie Blaze - combined for 59 digs last weekend. Budinich recorded 31 digs between the two matches, including 20 versus Davidson, while Blaze notched 28.
- Prior to Saturday's match with George Mason, Rhode Island will honor its three seniors playing in their last home match: Audrey Castro, Callan Kinnan and Layne Self.
- Following the conclusion of the match, URI will have a postgame ceremony to honor head coach Bob Schneck, who will be retiring at the end of the 2016 season.
- The Rams lead the all-time series with the Colonials, 36-33.
- Rhode Island and George Washington met earlier this season at George Washington. The Rams swept the match, 25-23, 25-22 and 25-19.
- George Washington enters the match with a 10-16 overall record and a 3-8 mark in conference play.
- The Colonials are tied with Fordham for seventh place in the conference. Both teams are two matches back from Davidson for the sixth, and final, spot in the league tournament.
- Last weekend, George Washington took down La Salle in three sets on Friday before losing to Duquesne in five sets on Saturday.
- The Colonials enter the weekend third in the conference in hitting percentage (.214) and fourth in blocks per set (2.23).
- George Washington also ranks sixth in the A-10 in kills per set (12.16).
- Individually, Chidima Osuchukwu leads the team with 269 kills (2.83 per set). She is fifth in the conference in hitting percentage (.340).
- Osuchukwu also is GW's top blocker, entering the weekend with 124 for the season. Her 1.31 blocks per set rank third in the A-10.
- Emily Clemens has a majority of the Colonials' assists with 715. Her 8.72 assists per set ranks sixth in the conference. Second on the team is Jaimeson Lee, who has collected 226 assists for the Colonials.
- George Washington has six players with 100 or more digs. Maddie Brown and Emily Clemens are tied with a team-best 168 digs.
- Aaliya Davidson ranks in the top-10 in kills per set, coming in seventh at 2.94.
Rhode Island vs. George Mason
- George Mason enters the weekend with a 6-18 overall record and currently ranks ninth in the A-10 with a 2-9 conference record.
- Before facing Rhode Island on Saturday, the Patriots will travel to Fordham on Friday night.
- Rhode Island has never lost to George Mason and leads the all-time series, 7-0.
- The Rams and Patriots met earlier this season with Rhody sweeping the match 25-16, 25-20 and 25-20.
- Last weekend, George Mason defeated both Duquesne (3-2) and La Salle (3-2), snapping a nine-match losing streak that stretched back to the team's A-10 opener.
- As a team, the Patriots rank fourth in the Atlantic 10 in digs per set (14.40). and sixth in bot opponent hitting percentage (.197) and blocks per set (1.84).
- Individually, Tiffany Clarke leads the team in total kills, with 249.
- Caitlin Hipsher and Kelly Schaller are neck-and-neck in assists with 455 and 441, respectively. Schaller ranks ninth in the conference with 6.78 assists per set.
- Catie Espinoza leads the Patriots in digs (428) and is third in the conference in digs per set (4.65).