HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 13, 2010 - James Madison volleyball committed just 12 attack errors to hit .336 on its way to a 3-1 victory over Hofstra at Sinclair Gymnasium/Godwin Hall on Saturday evening.
The Dukes won by set scores of 23-25, 25-16, 25-19 and 25-23 to improve to 22-7 overall and 10-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The win clinched a berth in next weekend's CAA Championship for JMU in Newark, Del. Hofstra dropped to 10-24 overall and 2-12 in league play.
"First I have to give it to Hofstra. They came out and fought and competed the whole match," head coach Lauren Steinbrecher said. "It was a total team performance, but I have to give it to our seniors. They did a phenomenal job tonight."
JMU earned the two seed in next weekend's conference championship and faces third-seeded Northeastern at the Carpenter Sports Building at 5 p.m. The winner of the match will face the winner between No. 1 Delaware and No. 4 Virginia Commonwealth at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The Dukes are going back to the CAA Championship for the first time since 2007, the current senior class's freshman year, when they finished as the fifth seed. This is the highest Madison has finished in the conference since finishing second in 2006.
JMU, which improved to 13-1 at home in 2010, was led by sophomore Danielle Erb (Tampa, Fla./Plant) who had 17 kills and 10 digs for her 14th double-double of the season. Senior Lindsay Callahan (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown) finished with 10 kills on .318 hitting, five digs and five blocks. She moved into eighth place on the school's all-time digs list with 962. Senior Jessica Zeroual (Ottawa, Ont./De La Salle) and Kelly Turner (Ontario, N.Y./Wayne Central) each hit over .400 hundred and had nine kills. The duo combined for 10 blocks.
Setters Lauren Fanelli (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area) and Megan Wiechmann (Sunland, Calif./Village Christian) each recorded 22 assists. Fanelli added eight digs while Wiechmann had two blocks, two kills and a dig. Freshman libero Katie Daorai (Tampa, Fla./Plant) had a team-high 14 digs and three service aces.
Nikki Kinnier led Hofstra with a match-high 25 kills, three digs and two aces. Marina Markovic contributed 10 kills and nine digs while Kylee Maneja led all players with 23 digs. Setter Rachel August added 43 assists, seven digs and two block assists.
The Dukes held a .336 to .229 advantage in attack percentage and led 10-6 in blocks. Hofstra led 58-52 in digs and 8-7 in service aces.
JMU recognized its four seniors prior to the game. Callahan, Fanelli, Zeroual and Kelly Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) were all honored as part of the Senior Day celebration.
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