CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Aug. 31, 2013 – Trailing 2-0 after two sets, the James Madison volleyball team rallied to defeat Marshall 3-2 in the final game of the Jefferson Cup at Memorial Gymnasium in Charlottesivlle, Va., on Saturday.
The Dukes won by set scores of 21-25, 15-25, 25-12, 25-21, 15-6 to finish the tournament at 1-2. Marshall also finished the tournament at 1-2
JMU junior middle blocker Lizzy Briones (Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs) was named to the All-Tournament team after recording a career-high 10 blocks in the win over Marshall. She also set career-highs with 24 kills and nine digs in Friday’s match against Montana. She added five kills and an ace against Marshall.
Sophomore outside hitter MacKenzie Kleespies (Lincoln University, Pa./Avon Grove) contributed her third double-double of the weekend with 12 kills and 13 digs. Fellow sophomore outside hitter Meghan Niski (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) hit .333 with 13 kills, adding nine digs, four blocks and an assist. Freshman right side Janey Goodman (Powhatan, Va./Powhatan) had seven kills and seven blocks off the bench for Madison.
Redshirt junior setter Kristi Richardson (Glen Allen, Va./Hermitage) had 29 assists, 12 digs, six kills and five blocks while senior libero Katie Daorai (Tampa, Fla./Plant) tied Kleespies with a team-high 13 digs.
Ally Kiekover led all players with 15 kills on .448 hitting also contributing two blocks and a dig. Outside hitter Laura Der had a double-double with 14 kills and 18 assists, but had 14 attack errors for a .000 attack percentage. Setter Sammie Bane had a double-double with 54 assists and 14 digs while libero Dorothy Rahal had a match-high 19 digs.
JMU outhit Marshall .209 to .131 while their 17.5 blocks were their most as a program since recording 17 against Liberty on Sept. 19, 2006. Marshall recorded just four blocks and had four service aces to Madison’s seven.
Marshall only trailed four times in set one and after falling behind 7-5 went on a 16-7 run to grab a 21-14 advantage. The Dukes got the lead down to three at 24-21, but Ally Kiekover closed out the set with her second kill of the set.
Set two was all Marshall as it jumped out to an 11-2 and cruised to the 25-15 win.
The Dukes responded after the break with a dominating 25-12 performance. JMU hit .455 in the set with 11 kills against just one error and completed 11 of 13 sideouts for an 84-percent success rate.
The Thundering Herd led most of the early part of set four, but Madison put together a 4-0 run to jump ahead 19-17. The Dukes never ceded that advantage and eventually closed out the set by forcing back-to-back errors by Marshall to win 25-21.
In the fifth set tiebreak, the teams split the first 10 points to reach a 5-5 tie. From that point forward, JMU closed the match on a 10-1 run to earn the 15-6 win and claim the match. The Dukes had six kills and no errors in eight attack attempts for a .750 attack percentage while hit -.250, including eight attack errors. That set included five blocks by the Dukes with Briones contributing on four of them.
NOTES: Joining Briones on the All-Tournament team were Marshall’s Ally Kiekover, Montana’s Kayla Rano and Kelsey Schile and Virginia’s Emily Rottman, Lauren Fuller and Tori Janowski (MVP) … JMU’s 17.5 blocks were the most by the team since at least 2004.
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