CHARLESTON, S.C., Nov. 22, 2013 – Sophomore libero MacKenzie Kleespies (Lincoln University, Pa./Avon Grove) had a team-high 10 digs and junior middle blocker Lizzy Briones (Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs) had five kills and three blocks, but the James Madison volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Hofstra in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship quarterfinals, Friday.
Fifth-seeded Hofstra won by set scores of 25-10, 25-22, 25-17 to advance to the CAA Semifinals on Saturday. It faces top-seeded Charleston at 1 p.m. at the North Charleston Convention Center in Charleston, S.C. The fourth-seeded Dukes finish their season with a 13-15 record.
JMU was held to a .000 attack percentage as it finished with 21 kills and 21 errors in 108 attack attempts. Briones led the team with her five kills on .074 hitting while freshman right side hitter Janey Goodman (Powhatan, Va./Powhatan) had four kills, two digs and a block. Freshman middle blocker Hanna Radhi (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield), sophomore outside hitter Meghan Niski (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and freshman outside hitter Kate Whitmire (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) added three kills each for Madison.
Redshirt junior setter Kristi Richardson (Glen Allen, Va./Hermitage) had 15 assists and five digs and defensive specialists junior Martha Stewart (Naperville, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) and sophomore Jaclyn Placha (Oakdale, Pa./West Allegheny) combined for 10 digs and two kills.
Hofstra was led by outside hitter Kelsie Wills with 15 kills and 12 digs for a double-double. Middle blocker Nuria Lopez-da Silva hit .700 for the match with 14 kills and no errors in 20 attack attempts to go with five blocks and a service ace. Kaitlyn Krause hit .500 for the Pride with five kills in 10 attempts, to go with 17 assists, nine digs and two blocks. Corrina Delgadillo led all players with 15 digs.
After being limited to a negative attack percentage in their meeting with JMU last Sunday, Hofstra hit .221 on the day. They out-blocked the Dukes six to three and had four service aces to Madison’s one.
The Dukes struggled to find their footing in set one, falling behind 6-3 early on. Briones then helped fuel a 3-0 Madison run with a kill and a block to even the score at 6-6, but HU responded by winning the next three points and 13 of the next 14 to build a 19-7 lead. A kill by Whitmire ended the 10-point surge, but Hofstra stayed hot by winning six of the final eight points.
JMU came out much stronger in set two, building a quick 6-1 lead. Madison built the lead to as many as six at 18-12, but HU responded to a timeout by ratting off a 9-2 run to build a 21-20 advantage. A timeout by the Dukes could not stall the momentum as the Pride went on to win four of the final five points.
Hofstra put the pressure of JMU early in set three by constructing a 11-6 lead early on. The Dukes were unable to overcome the early deficit, despite a couple of three-point runs, dropping the final set 25-17.
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