Historic Season Continues as Volleyball Defeats VCU
RICHMOND, Va. — With a come-from-behind victory from inside the Siegel Center on Tuesday night, the Davidson volleyball team continues its historic season with its 17th win of the year and 11th in Atlantic 10 play.
The 3-1 defeat of VCU puts the Wildcats at their most wins in a regular season since 2006, along with their most Atlantic 10 victories in program history and most conference wins since 2005. The victory also completes the season sweep over the Rams, the first time Davidson has ever done such, in addition to the Wildcats’ first victory against VCU on the road.
Davidson had three ‘Cats reach double-figures in kills as Isabel Decker paced the offense with a double-double on 15 kills and 22 digs, while Sola Omonije recorded 14 kills and Jackie Bardin added another 12. Reigning Rookie of the Week Kayla Davis swung a fierce .438 at the net and senior Anela Davis collected six kills on nine swings (.667) with seven total blocks.
Defensively, Bella Brady collected 26 digs and Xuan Nguyen followed with 22. Nguyen also combined with Jessie Doyal for 50 total assists.
The Rams got the best of Davidson in set one, narrowly edging out the ‘Cats with a 31-29 victory. While each squad had three set-point opportunities, VCU ultimately came out on top thanks to one of Kialah Jefferson’s 10 kills of the night.
Despite falling behind 1-0 early, the Wildcats stormed back in the second and hit .471 with 17 kills and just one error to prevail to a 25-22 victory to settle the match score. In the third, Davidson led 13-10 before a 7-1 run led by two Brady aces and kills from Omonije and Anela Davis allowed the ‘Cats to cruise to a 25-15 advantage.
With the win in reach, Davidson swung .222 in the fourth and relied on a Bardin kill to close out the road trip with a 25-21 set victory and 3-1 match win.
The ‘Cats will head to the nation’s capital this weekend for a pair of matches against George Washington. Friday’s match in Foggy Bottom is set for 6 p.m. and Saturday is scheduled for a 3 p.m. first serve.