BALTIMORE, Md., Sept. 8, 2012 – James Madison hit .286 as a team, including 11 each from a trio of players, as it swept Robert Morris 3-0 in the final game of the Madison Bingaman Memorial Tournament in Baltimore, Md., on Saturday.
JMU needed just 54 minutes to complete the sweep of RMU, winning by set scores of 25-19, 25-23, 25-15. The Dukes won their third straight to improve to 4-5 while dropping the Colonials to 3-8 on the year.
Three players recorded 11 kills each to pace the Madison offense. Sophomore middle blocker Lizzy Briones (Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs) led the way with 11 kills and just one error for a .500 attack percentage. She added a season-high six blocks to lead the team. Senior outside hitter Danielle Erb (Tampa, Fla./Plant) hit .417 with 11 kills and one error in 24 attempts. She picked up her second double-double of the weekend, adding 10 digs, a season-high five blocks and two service aces. Redshirt senior outside hitter Natalie Abel (Washington, Pa./Trinity) was the third player with 11 kills. She committed just two errors in 28 attempts for a .321 attack percentage.
Junior libero Katie Daorai (Tampa, Fla./Plant) had a team-high 14 digs, one ace and one assist while senior setter Megan Wiechmann (Sunland, Calif./Village Christian) contributed 38 assists, three digs, a kill and a block.
The Colonials were paced by outside hitter Lindsey Monger with 13 kills, but she finished with seven errors for a .143 hitting percentage. Monger also added a match-high 16 digs. No other player finished with more six kills. Outside hitter Erica Robb committed five errors and just three kills for a -.154 attack percentage. She added 11 digs for RMU. Setter Hannah Hoffman had 22 assists, three kills, four digs and a block.
The Dukes finished with seven blocks to just one for the Colonials and outhit their opponents .286 to .144. Madison had five service aces to zero for RMU.
JMU returns home on Tuesday, Sept. 11 to play Radford in a 6 p.m. match at Sinclair Gymnasium. Following that is a trip to Tampa, Fla., to play in the USF Volleyball Invitational. Madison takes on Bethune-Cookman and South Florida on Friday, Sept. 14 and FIU on Saturday, Sept. 15.
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