ATLANTA, Ga., Oct. 30, 2011 – Junior outside hitter Danielle Erb (Tampa, Fla./Plant) recorded her sixth double-double of the season and freshman middle blocker Lizzy Briones (Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs) collected double-digit kills for the second time this season, but it was not enough as the James Madison volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision at Georgia State at the GSU Sports Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Dukes lost by set scores of 25-17, 25-22, 18-25, 25-22 to lose consecutive conference matches for the first time since losing three in a row to close out the 2009 season. JMU is now 17-8 on the season and 7-4 in CAA play while Georgia State improved to 12-15, 6-4 in league play.
Erb had a team-high 13 kills on .171 hitting while adding 13 digs, two aces, two blocks and two assists. Briones added 11 kills on .421 hitting for her most kills since collecting 13 against Lehigh on Sept. 2. The freshman added a match-high six block assists to finish with 14 points. Sophomore libero Katie Daorai (Tampa, Fla./Plant) led all players with 21 digs while junior setter Megan Wiechmann (Sunland, Calif./Village Christian) added her seventh double-double of the season with 20 assists and 10 digs.
Sophomore middle blocker Kelly Maguire (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) chipped in nine kills on .312 hitting and redshirt junior outside hitter Natalie Abel (Washington, Pa./Trinity) added eight kills on just .067 hitting. She added 13 digs, two aces, a block and an assist.
The Panthers were led by outside hitter Muki Kangwa with a match-high 15 kills and 11 digs for a double-double. She added three blocks and a service ace. Middle blocker and Preseason CAA Player of the Year Vineece Verdun added 14 kills on .565 hitting, five blocks and two digs while outside hitter Andrea Noe had 12 kills, seven digs, three blocks and an ace. Outside hitter Jamiee Freeman led the team with 16 digs, adding nine kills, three assists, a block and an ace.
GSU outhit JMU .252 to .191 while Madison held a 10 to 9.5 lead in blocks. The Dukes also collected 76 digs to the Panthers 72 and collected six aces to GSU’s two.
JMU is back in action on Wednesday, Nov. 2, as it hosts Norfolk State at Sinclair Gymnasium/Godwin Hall for a 6 p.m. match. The volleyball team will be attempting to break its attendance record and the first 200 fans will receive a free JMU removable decal and lanyard. There will also be a raffle for all fans in attendance for a digital camera.
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