HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 14, 2013 – Freshman right side Janey Goodman (Powhatan, Va./Powhatan) and redshirt junior setter Kristi Richardson (Glen Allen, Va./Hermitage) were named to the All-Tournament team as the James Madison volleyball team earned a split on day two of the Carolina Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday. After opening the tournament with a 3-0 win over Albany on Friday, JMU went 1-1 on Saturday, falling to No. 18 North Carolina, 3-0, in the morning session before rallying for a 3-2, come-from-behind win over George Washington in the evening.
The Dukes win over GW was by set scores of 25-27, 23-25, 25-20, 26-24, 15-12 while losing to UNC by scores of 25-21, 25-22, 25-23. They went 2-1 on the weekend to run their record to 4-6 on the season. The Tar Heels won all three matches on their home court this weekend to improve to 9-0 while George Washington dropped to 4-6.
In the match against the Colonials, Goodman paced three Dukes in double figure kills with her second career 20-plus kill performance. She had 22 kills on .183 hitting, adding three blocks. Junior middle blocker Lizzy Briones (Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs) had 12 kills and matched her career-high with 10 blocks. Briones also had three digs, two aces and an assist. Sophomore outside hitter Meghan Niski (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) finished with a double-double with 14 kills and 17 digs.
Sophomore outside hitter MacKenzie Kleespies (Lincoln University, Pa./Avon Grove) and sophomore libero Sierra Hahn-Ventrell (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) paced four Dukes in double figures with 19 digs each while Richardson finished with 46 assists, 15 digs, six blocks and four kills. Sophomore defensive specialist Jaclyn Placha (Oakdale, Pa./West Allegheny) came off the bench to supply seven digs and two service aces.
George Washington featured five players with eight or more kills. Middle blocker Chidma Osuchukwu led the way with 11 kills on .391 hitting, adding nine blocks. Outside hitter Loren Williams had a double-double with 11 kills and 13 digs, but committed 11 attack errors for a .000 attack percentage. Outside hitter Rachael Goss supplied 10 kills and seven digs while setter Emily Clemens finished with 44 assists, 17 digs, five kills and three service aces. Libero Maddy Doyle led all players with 24 digs.
The match featured 35 tie scores and 17 lead changes, including three ties and one lead change in the fifth set. The Dukes outhit the Colonials .157 to .141 while out-blocking them 15-13. JMU picked up eight points from service aces to seven for GW.
George Washington sprinted out to a 5-1 lead in the fifth set, forcing Madison to burn a timeout. Trailing 8-4, the Dukes reeled out five straight points to come back to take a 9-8 lead. Kleespies had two kills to help fuel the run. After a kill from GW’s Loren Williams tied the score, the Dukes went on another 5-0 run to reach match point at 14-9. GW won the next three points to get back to 14-12, but a ball handling error ended the match in favor of the Dukes.
In the day’s first match, Goodman paced the Dukes with 10 kills on .286 hitting, adding three blocks and a dig. Kleespies supplied nine kills and eight digs while Briones contributed six kills and five blocks.
Richardson paced Madison to a .126 attack percentage with 27 assists, adding nine digs, four blocks, two aces and two kills. Hahn-Ventrell each contributed eight digs and freshman middle blocker Hanna Radhi (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) had three kills and three blocks.
UNC’s Kayla Berringer hit .406 for the match with 14 kills against just one error. Middle blocker Victoria McPherson tied Briones for a match-high five blocks while setter Jordyn Schnabl supplied 26 assists, seven digs and a kill. Libero Ece Tanner led all players with 11 digs.
The Tar Heels outhit JMU .208 to .126, including 47 kills to the Dukes’ 34. UNC finished with 11.5 digs to Madison’s 10 and garnered five aces to JMU’s four.
JMU returns home next weekend as it hosts Wake Forest, Campbell and Cleveland State at Godwin Hall in the JMU Invitational
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