Aug. 28, 2010
Rachel Krabacher co-lead the Flyers with eight kills on a .438 hitting percentage.
DAYTON, Ohio. –
No. 21 Dayton volleyball defeated Virginia Commonwealth in three sets (25-10, 25-8, 25-15) to complete a sweep of the 2010 Dayton Flyer Classic field on Saturday night at the Frericks Center.
“For the first weekend of the season, I thought we did some things well but there are some things that we have got to get better at,” Head Coach Kelly Sheffield said. “Playing three matches in 24 hours against three teams that will win a lot of matches this year is not easy. Tonight we came out and with a fast turnaround we played pretty well. We will not see three matches within this time span again this season, so it was good to see us go out and answer the bell.”
Dayton (3-0) used a well-rounded approach to cruise past VCU (0-3) with a .389 hitting percentage, 36 kills, 41 digs, nine blocks and a sideout rate of 82 percent. The Flyers held the Rams to a .023 hitting percentage, 22 kills, 24 digs, and one block.
“We have got a lot of depth and we were able to use it tonight,” Sheffield said. “I was happy that when we were going with different lineups our level of play didn’t drop. When you have a bench with quality like that it’s great for our team.”
On Saturday night, balance came in the form of sophomore Rachel Krabacher, senior Becky Novacek, and senior Lindsay Fletemier recording seven or more kills each with just one combined attacking error.
A pair of Flyers recorded career-firsts as redshirt-freshman Shayne Brown notched her first kill, and sophomore transfer Samantha Selsky assisted her first kill as a Flyer.
VCU’s Mariel Frey carried the Ram offense with 11 kills and a .308 hitting percentage.
The Flyers look forward to the Diet Coke Classic next weekend in Minneapolis, Minn., hosted by the University of Minnesota, and two other challenging tournaments at Nebraska and Notre Dame following.
“It’s one week, one match – that’s all we have in front of us,” Sheffield said. “When you have a schedule like this you had better not look at it any other way. We are looking forward to it and will learn real fast how good we really are against some of the best teams in the country.”
UD begins the Diet Coke Classic with No. 24 Northern Iowa on Friday at 6:30 ET.
Note: Because the Dayton Flyer Classic schedule and teams were intertwined with Ohio State’s Sports Imports Classic, there is no named tournament champion or all-tournament team.