WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Oct. 26, 2012 – William & Mary held off a two-set rally by the James Madison volleyball team with a 15-7 win in set five to earn a 3-2 win over JMU at Kaplan Arena in Williamsburg, Va., on Friday evening.
W&M won by set scores of 25-22, 26-24, 23-25, 16-25, 15-7 to drop JMU to 11-12 on the season overall and 4-4 in Colonial Athletic Association play. The Tribe improved to 12-10 and 4-4 in the conference.
The Dukes were led offensively by freshman middle blocker MacKenzie Kleespies (Lincoln University, Pa./Avon Grove) with a career-high 17 kills on .217 hitting. She added 10 digs, three blocks and three assists. Senior outside hitter Danielle Erb (Tampa, Fla./Plant) contributed 12 kills on .163 hitting. She also had a double-double with 10 digs, adding a block, a service ace and an assist. Freshman outside hitter Meghan Niski (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) put down 11 kills on .206 hitting while freshman middle blocker Sarah Delaney (Herndon, Va./South Lakes) had a career-high eight kills on .400 hitting.
Freshman setter Sarah Patterson (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) led the team with four blocks and also had 21 assists, seven digs, six kills and a service ace while senior setter Megan Wiechmann (Sunland, Calif./Village Christian) handed out 24 assists to go with five digs and two kills. Junior libero Katie Daorai (Tampa, Fla./Plant) led the team with 14 digs in four sets played while freshman defensive specialist Sierra Hahn-Ventrell (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) had a team-high two service aces.
Middle blocker Shaylin O’Connell paced the Tribe attack with 19 kills on .385 hitting and added a match-high five blocks. Outside hitter Paulette Grand Pre contributed a double-double with 10 kills and 12 digs. She committed just one error for a .429 attack percentage. Outside hitter Julia Swalchick hit .333 with eight kills, three digs and two blocks. Setter Molly Krull led all players with 36 assists while libero Olivia Jebb had a match-high 15 digs.
W&M outhit JMU .235 to .210 for the match and held a 9-6 edge in blocks. It collected 76 digs to 62 for Madison while the Dukes led 5-4 in service aces.
The teams played a pair of tight sets to start out the match that featured 21 tie scores and eight lead changes. William & Mary closed set one on a 4-1 run to win 25-22 before fending off a set point in set two with a 3-0 closing run for a 26-24 victory.
Madison fell behind 5-0 in set three, but battled back to tie the score at 8-8. The Tribe again took the lead, extending it out to 14-10, but couldn’t hold off another rally from the Dukes as they closed the set on a 7-2 run to win, 25-23. JMU won the first five points in set four and never looked back as it evened the match with a 25-16 victory.
The team’s traded points for the first six rallies of set five before setter Caroline Rivas served W&M to a 7-0 run to take the lead at 10-3. JMU whittled the lead down to five twice, but could not overcome the deficit, losing the set, 15-7, and the match, 3-2.
The Dukes return to action on Sunday as they travel to Wilmington, N.C., for a 1 p.m. match against UNCW at Hanover Hall.
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