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Volleyball Falters on the Road, Falling to Towson 3-0
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:10/26/2013
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TOWSON, Md., Oct. 26, 2013 – Towson hit .315 as a team, receiving double-digit kills from three players as it swept the James Madison volleyball team, 3-0, at SECU Arena in Towson, Md., Saturday evening.

TU won by set scores of 26-24, 25-20, 25-19 to earn its first Colonial Athletic Association win of the season. The Tigers improved to 8-20 on the season and 1-9 in the CAA while the Dukes dropped to 9-13 and 4-5 in league play.

JMU was paced by junior middle blocker Lizzy Briones (Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs) with 15 kills on .375 hitting. She added a block, a dig and an assist for Madison. Freshman right side Janey Goodman (Powhatan, Va./Powhatan) added 10 kills, three digs and a block while fellow rookie outside hitter Kate Whitmire (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) had seven kills and two blocks. Sophomore setter Sarah Patterson (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) paced the JMU offense to a .168 attack percentage with 27 assists, adding seven digs and three kills.

Defensively, sophomore libero MacKenzie Kleespies (Lincoln University, Pa./Avon Grove) led the Dukes with 17 digs while sophomore outside hitter Meghan Niski (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) had 10. Freshman middle blocker Hanna Radhi (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) tied Whitmire for the team lead with two blocks.

TU outside hitter Haley Pa’akaula led all players with 12 kills, adding seven digs and two blocks. Outside hitter Saitaua Iosia did a bit of everything for the Tigers with 11 kills, 10 digs, four blocks and three service aces while middle blocker Dayane Van Ass finished with 11 kills on .409 hitting. Setters Aimee Schubert and Kyana Miller combined for 42 assists and 13 digs while defensive specialist Capri Tirrell led all players with 22 digs.

Towson outhit JMU .315 to .168 and knocked down eight blocks to Madison’s three. The Tigers collected five points on service aces while the Dukes only picked up one while the Dukes had more digs, 57-56.

JMU led 23-19 in set one, following a 9-3 run, but TU rebounded with a 3-0 run and ended up closing the set on a 7-1 run to come from behind and win the set 26-24. Briones finished with six kills on .500 hitting to lead the way for Madison in the stanza.

The Dukes never led by more than one point in set two and eventually ceded a three-point run to fall behind for good with the score 12-9. Madison trimmed the lead to one point twice, but never overcame the Towson advantage, giving up a 3-0 run to close out the set in in the Tigers’ favor.

With JMU leading set three 14-13, Towson embarked on a 12-6 run to close out the set, finishing off the three-set sweep of the Dukes.

Madison returns to Sinclair Gymnasium next weekend for Homecoming as it welcomes Hofstra and Northeastern to Harrisonburg for a pair of matches.

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