Right now my rooMmate, Director of Operations Dave Oglesby, is ironing the same crusty shirt he wore the last two days. Why? Because we won when he wore it. I’m not a big breakfast person, but I decided to eat with the team this morning since breakfast was scheduled for a reasonable 10:15 a.m. Assistant Coach Nathan Baker ribbed me a little for showing up. Why? Because we won the last two days when I didn’t eat breakfast. Head Coach James Finley directed the bus driver to stop by a local Italian restaurant for gelato last night, despite the fact that he is particular about what his team eats in season. Why? Because the team ate gelato the previous night, and then beat Northeastern Saturday.

Superstition has taken hold of the VCU Volleyball team if for no other reason than, they’ll take and edge wherever they can find one. The Rams will meet host and top-seeded Delaware today at 5 p.m. in the CAA Championship Match. VCU will be seeking its first title since 2005. Delaware is the defending champion and has won three of the last four titles.

I took a minute to compile some quick hitters related to tonight’s match, just some fun facts that are easily consumable.

CAA CHAMPIONSHIP VOLLEYBALL NOTES

  • Rams have won three previous conference titles: Sun Belt 1984, 1985; CAA 2005
  • VCU will be playing in its fourth CAA Championship Match. Also reached title game in 2005 (def. Towson 3-2), 2006 (lost to Hofstra, 3-0) and 2009 (lost to George Mason, 3-2).
  • Rams have reached the championship match as the No. 1 (2009), No. 4 (2005) and No. 6 (2006, 2011) seed.
  • Since the CAA began seeding the championship in 1988, a No. 6 seed has never won the title. VCU is the third No. 6 seed to reach the final, joining James Madison in 1989 and VCU in 2006. Both of those teams lost 3-0 in the championship match.
  • Delaware has won three of last four CAA Tournament Championships (2007, 2008, 2010). Blue Hens also lost the 2004 championship match to Towson.
  • If VCU wins, they’ll have beaten the top three seeds to do so.
  • VCU’s lone NCAA berth came via 2005’s auto bid. The Sun Belt did not have an auto bid when the Rams captured 1984 and 1985 titles.
  • VCU has won nine CAA Tournament matches since joining the league in 1995. Eight of those have come since James Finley took over as coach in 2005.
  • Finley is 8-4 in CAA Tournament matches, 1-2 in championship.
  • Delaware leads the all-time series between the two schools 22-14. Finley is 5-9 against Delaware, including 0-2 in CAA Tournament. Blue Hens have won four straight in the series.
  • VCU and Delaware met once this season, Oct. 15 in Richmond. Blue Hens won, 3-1.
  • Delaware eliminated VCU from 2010 CAA Tournament in semifinals (3-1).
  • No. 1 seeds have won 14 CAA Championships.
  • The lowest seed to win a CAA Championship was VCU as a No. 4 in 2005.
  • Four players remain from 2009 squad that reached championship match: Kristin Boyd, Courtney Hott, Marisa Low and Jessica Ojukwu (hurt and redshirted that season).
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