BALTIMORE, Md., Sept. 8, 2012 – Senior setter Megan Wiechmann (Sunland, Calif./Village Christian) recorded 42 assists, 11 digs, five kills, two blocks and two aces to lead the James Madison volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Maryland, Baltimore County at the Retrievers Activity Center in Baltimore, Md., on Saturday morning.
JMU won by set scores of 23-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-15 to pick up its second consecutive win. The team improved to 3-5 on the season while dropping UMBC to 3-9.
Wiechmann picked up her second double-double of the weekend and her third of the season. The senior’s five kills tied her career-high while her two aces were a season-high. She helped paced Madison to a .301 attack percentage as her attackers committed just 11 errors in 133 attack attempts.
Freshman outside hitter Meghan Niski (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) added her second double-double of the weekend and her team-leading fourth of the season. She had a match-high 13 kills on .333 hitting, 10 digs and two blocks. Senior outside hitter Danielle Erb (Tampa, Fla./Plant) finished with 11 kills against just two errors for a .273 hitting percentage, adding 10 digs, two aces and a block. Sophomore middle blocker Lizzy Briones (Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs) hit .350 with nine kills and a season-best six blocks while senior outside hitter Natalie Abel (Washington, Pa./Trinity) made her return to the lineup with nine kills, seven digs, two blocks, an ace and an assist.
Junior libero Katie Daorai (Tampa, Fla./Plant) led the team with 15 digs.
The Retrievers were led by middle blocker Emily Witsaman with 10 kills on .250 hitting. She added three blocks and two digs. Setter Paige Miller led all players with 17 digs, adding 25 assists and a service ace. Outside hitter Emily Vandegrift finished with four blocks, five kills and six digs while outside hitter Hallie Carter had seven kills and 11 digs.
JMU record eight blocks to just four for UMBC to hold its opponent to a .079 attack percentage. The Dukes recorded seven aces to five for the Retrievers.
The first set was a back-and-forth battle, featuring 10 ties and six lead changes. UMBC opened up the biggest lead of the set at 16-12 before Madison responded with a 4-0 run to even the score. No team won more than two consecutive points the remainder of the set, but with the score tied at 23, the Retrievers got a kill from outside hitter Hannah Schmidt and a service ace from Tanaeri Santiago to win the set.
JMU came out firing in set two, running out to a 5-0 lead and forcing UMBC to burn a timeout. The Retrievers worked their way back into the set, eventually tying the score at 8-8. They would never take the lead though as the Dukes responded with a 9-3 run to take control of the set at 17-11. JMU never allowed its opponent to get back into things as it forced a side out on each of the Retrievers remaining six points.
Set three was tight early as UMBC took a 9-8 lead. JMU responded with a 12-3 scoring run to grab a 20-12 advantage. The Dukes salted away the rest of the set, getting a kill and an ace from Abel to help it seal the set, 25-16.
The Retrievers led 1-0 in set one, but immediately gave up a 10-2 run to fall behind 10-3. They got the lead down to as little as three at 13-10, but never any closer eventually losing the set 25-15.
The Dukes return to action this evening as they close out the Madison Bingaman Memorial against Robert Morris at 7 p.m.
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