HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 1, 2011 – Having played four straight games on the road, the James Madison volleyball team returns home on Wednesday night as it closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 6 p.m. game against Norfolk State at Sinclair Gymnasium/Godwin Hall.
JMU is attempting to break the volleyball home attendance record in that game with the first 200 fans in attendance receiving a free JMU removable wall decal and lanyard. There will also be a raffle giveaway for a digital camera for all fans in attendance.
Wednesday’s game is also available for free audio play-by-play on MadiZONE.
The Dukes are coming off a rough weekend that saw them go 0-2 in a road swing to UNCW and Georgia State. They lost on Friday to UNCW, 3-1, before venturing down to Atlanta on Sunday, losing 3-1 to the Panthers.
JMU is now 17-8 on the season and 7-4 in CAA play with three conference games remaining. They are 10-4 in non-conference action, 9-3 at home and 7-0 against teams from the Commonwealth of Virginia. The losses over the weekend were the first time since Head Coach Lauren Steinbrecher took over that the Dukes have lost consecutive conference matches. The last time Madison lost back-to-back conference matches was in 2009 when it closed the season losing three straight from Nov. 6-14.
Over the weekend, junior outside hitter Danielle Erb (Tampa, Fla./Plant) moved over 900 career kills with her 13 kill effort against Georgia State. She now has 909 for her career leaving her 91 shy of becoming just the 10th player in school history to record 1,000 kills in a career. The Tampa, Fla., native ranks fifth in school history, averaging 3.00 kills per set. She is also four aces shy of 100 for her career.
Junior setter Megan Wiechmann (Sunland, Calif./Village Christian) needs just 105 more assists to become the seventh player in school history to amass 2,000 in a career.
SCOUTING NORFOLK STATE
The Spartans are 8-13 on the season 4-5 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference after splitting a pair of games against Morgan State and Coppin State last weekend. They are 3-4 in true road games and 4-10 in all games away from home.
The offensive attack is led by juniors BeatrizFerreira and Charlotte Armstead who are both averaging 2.86 kills per set. Armstead has a .260 attack percentage and is averaging a team-best 0.79 blocks per set. Junior setter Kristin Burt guides the offense to a .147 attack percentage while averaging 8.84 assists per set and 1.93 digs per set.
Freshman Adriana Ramos and senior Jasmine Frazier are tied for the team lead in aces with 21 apiece. Redshirt senior libero Tracey Copley is averaging 2.92 digs per set.
Brandon Duvall is in his second season as the interim head coach at Norfolk State. He has compiled a 21-33 overall record, including a 9-8 mark in MEAC play.
JMU and NSU have met four times since 2004 with Madison holding a 4-0 advantage in the all-time series. The Dukes are 2-0 all-time in games played in Harrisonburg and have only dropped two sets in their four meetings.
Last season, JMU went to Norfolk State on Oct. 20 and earned a 3-1 victory over the Spratans. Erb and senior outside hitter Holly Wall (Kaukauna Wisc./Kaukauna) each collected 10 kills and Madison hit .305 as a team to roll past NSU 3-1.
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