HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 6, 2013 – Junior middle blocker Lizzy Briones (Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs) collected a match-high 19 kills, but UNCW rallied to win the final two sets in a 3-2 Colonial Athletic Association win over the James Madison volleyball team at Sinclair Gymnasium/Godwin Hall Sunday.
UNCW won by set scores of 22-25, 25-18, 16-25, 25-23, 15-16 to improve to 12-6 on the season and 1-3 in CAA play. JMU dropped its second straight match to fall to 6-10 and 1-2 in league play.
Briones hit .364 for the match, connecting for the 19 kills against just three errors in 44 attempts. The junior added four digs and two blocks. Freshman right side Janey Goodman (Powhatan, Va./Powhatan) added her first career double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs to go with two blocks while freshman middle blocker Hanna Radhi (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) added four kills, four blocks and three digs.
Redshirt junior setter Kristi Richardson (Glen Allen, Va./Hermitage) contributed a double-double with 43 assists, 17 digs, four kills and three blocks. Sophomore MacKenzie Kleespies (Lincoln University, Pa./Avon Grove) made her second straight start at libero, finishing with a career-high 25 digs while sophomore defensive specialist Jaclyn Placha (Oakdale, Pa./West Allegheny) also set a career-high with 14 digs.
The Seahawks were paced by middle blocker Meredith Peacock with 17 kills and eight blocks. Peacock limited herself to two errors in 29 attacks for a .517 hitting percentage. Middle blocker Siera Young tied Peacock for a match-high with eight blocks while right side hitter Christi Laite and outside hitter Nicole Lott finished with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Lott had adouble-double with 13 digs while outside hitter Morgan Kline and libero Lindsay Hartmann tied for a team-high with 24 digs apiece. Setters Alyssa Desjardins and Haley Collins combined for 52 assists and 27 digs.
UNCW outhit JMU .144 to .102 and held a big advantage with 17 blocks to Madison’s seven. UNCW also collected 101 digs to a season-best 96 for JMU.
The match turned in the fourth set with the Dukes holding a 21-16 advantage. UNCW rallied to win the next four points and nine of the final 11 as it battled for the 25-23 win. Four different players recorded kills during the run for the Seahawks and two more chipped in on a block to spark the rally.
The fifth set was all UNCW as it quickly sprinted out to a 5-2 advantage. The Dukes stayed in it by winning three of the next five points, but a 5-0 run by Wilmington put the set out of reach. The Dukes eventually succumbed to the Seahawk pressure, falling 15-6.
JMU returns to the field next weekend as it closes out its eight-match home stand by hosting Towson and Delaware at Sinclair Gymnasium. Towson comes to Harrisonburg on Friday, Oct. 11 for a 7 p.m. match while Delaware makes the journey on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.
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