Nile McNair, Contributing Writer
Volleyball swept High Point in three sets 3-0, bouncing back from a loss to Ohio State on Saturday.
In the first set, the Panthers answered each run the Rams made, keeping the score close. The Rams pulled away in the set behind senior middle blocker Jasmin Sneed’s record-setting night, becoming the all-time blocks leader.
The Rams took the first set 25-18.
The second set was played at a slower pace with more back and forth between points. Redshirt-senior middle blockers Jaelyn Jackson and Kat Young both logged big blocks in the set for the Rams.
“But Kat … has been killing it on the right side as you can see, it’s just nice to have all the little bits and pieces but we need to just bring it more together, and I think that will progress as the season moves on,” coach Jody Rogers said.
The slower tempo made the second set much closer; at one point the set score was tied at 24 apiece. Nonetheless, the Rams came through in the clutch, winning off a serve from sophomore setter Dani Jo David.
VCU took a commanding 2-point lead into the third set with the opportunity to put the match away. The Rams jumped out in the set with an 8-1 lead to start.
The Rams’ lead continued to grow, as they took the set 25-12 to win the match. VCU played with the lead the entire match, never trailing the Panthers.
“I thought we came out really strong right away, I didn’t think we were going to be because of first-game jitters at home, figured we’d take a little while to settle in but they did a great job tonight,” Rogers said.