HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 20, 2013 – Junior middle blocker Lizzy Briones (Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs) finished with nine kills and three blocks as the James Madison volleyball team fell to Wake Forest in the opening game of the JMU Invitational in Sinclair Gymnasium/Godwin Hall Friday evening.
Wake Forest won the match 3-0 by set scores of 25-16, 25-14, 25-19 to improve to 9-1 on the season. JMU dropped to 4-7 with the loss.
Briones hit .286 in the match with three errors to go with her nine kills on 21 attack attempts. She finished with one solo block, two block assists and one dig. Sophomore outside hitter Meghan Niski (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) chipped in three kills, 13 digs, two assists, a block and a service ace to finish with 4.5 points. Redshirt junior middle blocker Kelly Maguire (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) came off the bench to supply four kills on .429 hitting and three blocks.
Redshirt junior setter Kristi Richardson (Glen Allen, Va./Hermitage) handed out 25 assists and added nine digs, two kills, two blocks and a service ace. Sophomore libero Jaclyn Placha (Oakdale, Pa./West Allegheny) made her first career start at libero, finishing with 10 digs.
The Demon Deacons were paced by outside hitter Matalee Reed who finished with14 kills on .438 hitting and four blocks. Middle blocker Kristin Grissom contributed 10 kills and a block while outside hitter Kylie Hargreaves supplied eight kills, a match-high 15 digs and three service aces. Setter Sophia Dodd had 36 assists while libero Megan Miller contributed nine digs.
Wake Forest outhit JMU .293 to .144 and had seven service aces to Madison’s four. The Dukes led in blocks eight to seven and digs 51 to 50.
The teams traded the lead twice early in set one before the Demon Deacons went on a 10-2 run to take control of the set with a 15-9 lead. JMU responded by winning three straight points following a timeout, but never got closer than three as three kills and a service ace by Reed helped spark a 25-16 victory for the Deacons. The teams combined for 29 kills against just three errors as Wake Forest hit .447 and JMU .300 in the set.
Set two was all Wake Forest early as it sprinted out to a 10-1 advantage. The Dukes won three of the next four points, but never got back into the set, falling by a 25-14 margin. Hargreaves had five kills, seven digs and two service aces to pace her team to the 2-0 lead heading into the break. JMU had three blocks in the set, led by two from Briones.
Set three was much tighter early on, featuring six tie scores and two lead changes. With the set tied 15-15, Wake Forest went on a 7-0 run and closed the set by winning 10 of 14 points to claim the match.
Madison returns to the court on Saturday for day two of the JMU Invitational. The Dukes face Campbell at 12:30 p.m. and Cleveland State at 7:30. Cleveland State downed Campbell 3-1 on Friday night.
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