HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 1, 2013 – Freshman outside hitters Janey Goodman (Powhatan, Va./Powhatan) and Kate Whitmire (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) combined for 21 kills on .386 hitting to lead the James Madison volleyball team to a 3-0 Colonial Athletic Association win over Hofstra at Sinclair Gymnasium/Godwin Hall, Friday evening.
JMU won by set scores of 25-23, 28-26, 25-18 to improve to 10-13 on the season and 5-5 in the CAA. Hofstra dropped to 15-10 and 5-4 in the league with the loss.
Goodman finished with a team-high 11 kills and limited herself to three errors to finish with a .381 attack percentage. The left-hander added three blocks and a dig while Whitmire connected on 10 kills against one error for a .391 attack percentage. Junior middle blocker Lizzy Briones (Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs) hit .304 on the night with nine kills, adding six digs and five blocks. Freshman middle blocker Hanna Radhi (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) tied Briones for a match high with five blocks and contributed four kills on .333 hitting.
JMU hit .278 as a team, finishing with 42 kills against 12 errors in 108 attack attempts. Redshirt junior setter Kristi Richardson (Glen Allen, Va./Hermitage) supplied 23 assists, five digs, two kills and two blocks off the bench. Sophomore setter Sarah Patterson (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) supplied 12 assists, five digs, a kill, a block and a service ace while sophomore defensive specialist Jaclyn Placha (Oakdale, Pa./West Allegheny) had a match-high three service aces and seven digs. Sophomore libero MacKenzie Kleespies (Lincoln University, Pa./Avon Grove) led all players with 12 digs.
Hofstra was led by outside hitter Kelsie Wills with 12 kills and seven digs while middle blockers Nuria Lopes da Silva and outside hitter Emily Burke had 10 kills apiece. Lopes da Silva led the Pride with four blocks and setters Kaitlyn Krause and Hannah Klemm combined for 42 assists, 13 digs, four kills and a block. Libero Sophia Black led her team with 10 digs.
JMU outhit Hofstra .278 to .195, forcing the Pride into 22 attack errors. Ten of those attack errors came on Madison blocks as the Dukes finished with a 10-5 advantage in blocks and a 5-0 lead in service aces.
Neither team led by more than four points in set one as the Dukes and Pride traded the lead four times and had 12 tie scores. The Dukes built the set’s biggest lead late as a kill and two blocks by Briones supplied a 3-0 run and put them ahead 23-19. After a timeout, HU embarked on a 4-1 run to cut the deficit to 24-23, but Whitmire’s fourth kill put the set away in Madison’s favor.
It was another nail biter in set two, featuring 16 tie scores and five lead changes. This time neither team was able to build a larger lead than three points. Trailing 23-20, the Dukes won the next four points to reach the set’s first set point. The Pride fought off two attempts at set point before winning consecutive points to reach their own opportunity to end things with a 26-25 lead. The Dukes won the next three points on a service error, a block and a Pride attack error to head into the break with a 2-0 lead. Whitmire hit .417 in the set, knocking down five of her 12 attack attempts without an error.
Madison trailed 15-13 in set three before rattling off 11 of the next 12 points to grab a 24-16 lead. HU won the next two points before sophomore outside hitter Meghan Niski (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) put the match away with her fifth kill of the night. Goodman connected on six kills in eight attack attempts while Radhi had three of her five blocks in the fifth.
JMU returns to the court on Sunday as it hosts Northeastern for a noon match in Sinclair Gymnasium on Senior Day.
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