TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 14, 2012 – South Florida fell behind early, but came back to win the final three sets to halt James Madison volleyball's winning streak in the second match of the USF Volleyball Invitational at the Corral on Friday evening.
USF won 3-1 with set scores of 18-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-16. The Dukes went 1-1 on the first day of the tournament while having its winning streak stopped at five. They fell to 6-6 on the season while the Bulls improved to 5-5.
Senior outside hitter Danielle Erb (Tampa, Fla./Plant) paced JMU on Friday night. She picked up her team-leading sixth double-double of the season, finishing with 13 kills and 15 digs. She committed just four errors in 33 attempts for a .273 attack percentage and added two blocks. Redshirt senior outside hitter Natalie Abel (Washington, Pa./Trinity) contributed 15 kills on .275 hitting, adding seven digs, a block and a service ace. Freshman outside hitter Meghan Niski (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) added eight kills and eight digs while sophomore middle blocker Lizzy Briones (Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs) had a match-high four blocks.
Senior setter Megan Wiechmann (Sunland, Calif./Village Christian) paced the Dukes to a .169 attack percentage with 40 assists, adding seven digs, two blocks and a kill. Junior libero Katie Daorai (Tampa, Fla./Plant) had 17 digs, two assists and a service ace.
Five different players recorded at least eight kills for USF led by outside hitter Erin Fairs with 15 kills on .278 hitting. She finished with a double-double with 10 digs, a block and a service ace. Middle blocker Kayla Walton added 11 kills and two blocks while middle blockers Andrea Rodriguez Gomez and Caitlyn Breen each had eight kills on .333 hitting. Libero Claudia Cabrera had a match-high 22 digs and six assists. Setters Natalia Soares and Wylie Devlin combined for 48 assists, 14 digs and a service ace.
USF outhit JMU .248 to .169 and held a 6-5 advantage in blocks. The Bulls recorded five service aces to just two for the Dukes and had a 72-57 advantage in digs.
The Dukes wrap up the two-day tournament on Saturday against FIU. First serve is set for 5 p.m.
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