LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 31, 2012 – Wisconsin collected 14 blocks and limited JMU to a .025 hitting percentage to earn a 3-0 sweep over the James Madison volleyball team in game two of the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., on Friday.
Wisconsin won by set scores of 25-21, 25-19, 25-16 to improve to 3-1 on the season. JMU dropped to 1-4 with the loss.
Senior outside hitter Danielle Erb (Tampa, Fla./Plant) led the Dukes, finishing with her second double-double of the year. She collected a match-high 10 kills on .071 hitting and added 12 digs and two service aces. Her first ace of the match was the 100th of her career, making her just the fourth player in school history to surpass 1,000 kills and 100 aces.
Freshman outside hitter Meghan Niski (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) added six kills, a block, an ace and a team-high 13 digs. Senior setter Megan Wiechmann (Sunland, Calif./Village Christian) moved into a tie for sixth on the school’s all-time assists list with 26 helpers against the Badgers while adding six digs. Sophomore middle blocker Lizzy Briones (Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs) chipped in seven kills, a block, a dig and a service ace.
Middle blocker Mary Ording paced Wisconsin with four kills and a team-high eight blocks. Outside hitters Ellen Chapman and Bailey Reshel had nine kills each with Chapman adding 11 digs, a service ace and a block. Reshel finished with seven blocks and five digs. Libero Annemarie Hickey led all players with 14 digs while setter Courtney Thomas contributed 32 assists, eight digs and four blocks.
The Badgers outhit the Dukes .182 to .025 on the strength of a 14-2 advantage in blocks. Wisconsin also had 57 digs to 51 for JMU while both teams had four service aces.
UW jumped out to a quick advantage in set one, building leads of 7-3 and 12-5 to force JMU to use its first timeout. Madison used a couple of 3-0 runs to cut the deficit down to 19-16, but Wisconsin responded with a 4-0 run to stretch the lead back out to seven points. The Dukes made things interesting with four straight points to force a timeout by the Badgers at 24-21, but a kill by Thomas put the set away.
JMU was sluggish to start set two, as they fell behind 11-4. The teams traded points back and forth the remainder of the set with Madison getting as close as four points, but were unable to overcome falling behind early as the Badgers put things away 25-19.
The Dukes came out stronger in set three, grabbing a 7-6 lead. Wisconsin responded with a 6-0 run, taking advantage of three JMU hitting errors to regain the lead at 12-7 and force the Dukes to use both of their timeouts. The Badgers added to their lead late in the set with a 7-0 run, eventually putting the match away with a 25-16 win.
The Dukes wrap up their three-game west coast trip on Saturday as they take on Cal St. Northridge at 6 p.m.
NOTES: Two freshmen defensive specialists, Patreece Spence (Wilmington, Md./Archmere Academy) and Sierra Hahn-Ventrell (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) made their collegiate debuts for JMU. Both entered as subs for the Dukes in the third set.
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