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JMU Volleyball Loses Five-Set Thriller to Northeastern at CAA Championship
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:11/20/2010
Courtesy: JMUSports.com
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NEWARK, Del., Nov. 20, 2010 - Sophomore Danielle Erb (Tampa, Fla./Plant) tied her career-high with 25 kills on .351 hitting, but Northeastern won the final two sets to pick up a 3-2 win over James Madison in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship semifinals on Saturday evening.

The Dukes lost by set scores of 22-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19, 15-8 to fall to 22-8 overall.  Northeastern improves to 19-10 and advances to the CAA Championship game on Sunday at 5 p.m.  The Huskies will face the winner of Saturday's game between top-seeded Delaware and fourth-seeded Virginia Commonwealth.

Erb added 12 digs to her 25 kills to lead four JMU players with double-doubles.  Senior Lindsay Callahan (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown) had 15 kills and 16 digs while redshirt sophomore Natalie Abel (Washington, Pa./Trinity) added 11 kills and 11 digs.  Senior setter Lauren Fanelli (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area) had the fourth double-double for JMU with 28 assists and 16 digs. 

Middle blockers Jessica Zeroual (Ottawa, Ont./De La Salle) and Kelly Turner (Ontario, N.Y./Wayne Central) recorded four blocks each to lead the JMU defense.  Freshman libero Katie Daorai (Tampa, Fla./Plant) chipped in 12 digs and three assists.

Northeastern was led by CAA co-Rookie of the Year Janelle Tucker and CAA Player of the Year Britney Brown.  Tucker had a team-high 19 digs and match-high 22 digs while Brown had a triple-double with 16 kills, 21 assists and 12 digs.  Nichole Bishop and Nichole Kurz combined for 15 kills and 10 blocks.  Libero Jessica LaScola had 16 digs.

The Huskies out-hit the Dukes .220 to .201 and held a 12-10 advantage in blocks.  NU also led 7-5 in service aces and 73-72 in digs.

Northeastern ran out to a 5-1 lead to open set one before JMU battled back to even the score at 9-9.  After an 8-4 run gave NU the 17-13 advantage, the Dukes won 11 of the next 13 points to reach its first set point.  The Huskies continued to fight and got as close as 24-22 before Zeroual put the set away with kill.

NU got off to another strong start in the second set, taking a 5-2 lead.  It stretched its lead to as much as five at 15-10 before a 7-2 Madison run tied the score at 17-17.  The Huskies regrouped and closed the set on an 8-4 run, including four straight points on Kurz's serve.

JMU got off to its best start of the match in set three, opening up leads of 6-3 and 14-9.  The Huskies battled back to tie the score at 19-19, but Fanelli's serve sparked a 6-0 run to close out the set and give the Dukes a 2-1 lead in the match.

Another slow start cost Madison in set four as it fell behind 16-10 before going on a 7-1 run to tie things at 17-17.  JMU ran out of gas after the run as it won just two points the rest of the way, losing the set 25-19.

In the decisive fifth set, the Huskies got off to another fast start, opening up an 8-2 lead.  The Dukes never got closer than four points the remainder of the set, ultimately falling 15-8.

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