SCHERRER, BOYD NEAR MILESTONES

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A native of Chesapeake, Va., senior Kelsey Scherrer has scored 11, 15 and 11 goals, respectively, in her first three seasons.

Fall seasons are just beginning to pick up steam, but a couple of Rams are already on the cusp of reaching milestones worthy of some Jersey Shore fist pumping (so long, Jersey Shore).

Field hockey senior Kelsey Scherrer will enter Sunday’s home match with Columbia (1 p.m., Cary Street Field) with 38 career goals. With one more, she’ll most past Alycia Yoder (1991-94) and sit alone atop the Rams’ career list. Scherrer scored once in VCU’s season-opening win over Missouri State last Friday.

VCU FIELD HOCKEY
Career Goals
1-Alycia Yoder (1991-94), 38
1-Kelsey Scherrer (2009-2012), 38
3-Marle van Dessel (2007-10), 36

Meanwhile, volleyball’s Kristin Boyd, a senior outside hitter, will head into Friday’s match with Kent State at N.C. State (4 p.m.) with 998 kills. With two more, she’ll become just the fifth Ram to reach 1,000. Boyd averages 3.08 kills per set this year, so expect that milestone to come early.

VCU VOLLEYBALL
Career Kills
1-Shannon McMeekin (1991-94), 1,362
2-Elisa Kuehnel (2005-08), 1,184
3-Lauren Connell (2000-03), 1,136
4-Cindy O’Brien (1993-96), 1,045
5-Kristin Boyd (2009-2012), 998

You’ll also notice that Boyd is within a reasonable shot of the Rams’ career kills mark. For what it’s worth, Boyd blasted 440 kills last season. She has 37 already this year and is 365 away from passing McMeekin. Not that it’s directly relevant, but she can also bench press a Cadillac and leap over water tower.

In honor of both Boyd’s and Scherrer’s “killer” instinct. Here’s something for the drive home.

FRIDAY WRITES FINAL CHAPTER OF VOLLEYBALL CAREER

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Tennessee transfer Amanda Friday leads VCU in digs per set this season.

Amanda Friday had James Finley worried. Sure, Finley loved her dedication, but there are limits to these types of things.

It’s about 430 miles from Knoxville, Tenn. to Richmond, roughly a seven-hour drive. That didn’t seem to bother Friday, who for weeks, finished summer school classes at the University of Tennessee every Thursday in Knoxville before heading to Richmond, usually by car, alone. Friday played volleyball at Tennessee for three years, and was going to be the new kid on the block at VCU. She wanted to integrate into the team as quickly as possible.

The Rams couldn’t hold organized practices over the summer, but Friday came anyway. She wanted to hang out with her new teammates, play some pickup beach volleyball and work out with Strength and Conditioning Coach Tim Kontos. Finally, Finley had to express his concern to Friday’s mother, Reina.

“I talked to her mom about it,” said Finley, in his seventh season with VCU. “I told her I appreciate this, and it’s great to have somebody this dedicated, but we need to be realistic, and she said, ‘Well, you can tell her not to because I sure can’t.’”

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SPORTS INFO PHOTO OF THE DAY

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Rams Review's Tommy Lopez and Jade Mallard interview VCU Volleyball standout Kristin Boyd as construction continues on the Siegel Center Suite/Club Seat Project in the background.

DRIVING FORCE

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The Rams expect redshirt junior Kristin Boyd to be a top offensive threat this season.

It was time for a new challenge, James Finley decided. His most recent volleyball project, Kristin Boyd, was playing with the Rams in a spring tournament in North Carolina a couple of years back, and he needed to throw her a curveball.

Boyd’s progress from a raw collection of athletic ability to an actual volleyball player had been a gradual, continual process. But real change takes place outside one’s comfort zone. Familiarity breeds complacency and stagnation.

So Finley told Boyd it was time to jump serve, which requires advanced coordination and timing, neither of which were her strengths. But she did as she was asked. Boyd tossed the ball into the air, measured her jump, swung her powerful right arm and sent a SCUD missile directly at the up-referee, positioned next to the right post.

“She almost knocked the ref off the stand,” Finley chuckled. “She hit him so hard.”

There many of these anecdotes that can be woven together to chronicle Boyd’s three-plus year volleyball indoctrination. They also juxtapose the reality of this season: that the redshirt junior has weathered years of frustration to become VCU’s most dangerous player.  A rare blend of strength, quickness and leaping ability, Boyd will be the Rams’ big gun, their No. 1 offensive option.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Boyd grew up mostly in Vermont before moving to Wilmington, N.C. prior to high school. She dabbled in a number of athletic pursuits over the years, including track, softball, skiing, ballet and jazz tap dance. It’s easy to see why. Her 6-2 frame is built on a foundation of long, muscular legs, topped off by a pair of chiseled arms. Her skill set transcends disciplines.

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