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Katie Hillman led Delaware with 15 kills while adding a career-high 15 digs during Sunday's match at James Madison.
Courtesy: Mark Jordan

University of Delaware Volleyball Team Drops 3-1 CAA Decision at James Madison

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 10/13/2013
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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The James Madison University volleyball team broke away from a one-set deadlock by taking the final two sets as the Dukes posted a 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the University of Delaware Sunday afternoon at Sinclair Gymnasium.

James Madison notched the victory by set scores of 25-15, 22-25, 25-20, 25-22 while improving to 8-10 overall and 3-2 in conference play. The Blue Hens, coming off a five-set victory Friday at William & Mary, slipped to 10-9 overall and 2-3 in the league as they split their weekend trip in Virginia.

Delaware sophomore Katie Hillman led the Blue Hen attack with 15 kills during the match, while senior Katie Hank and redshirt sophomore Chandler Bryant added nine apiece. Liz Brock and Autumn Jenkins each contributed six kills for UD, which hit .208 on the afternoon.

Mackenzie Olsen handed out 34 assists for Delaware, while Ariel Shonk posted a match-best 26 digs and Hillman chipped in with 15 to set a career-high.

Kate Whitmire paced James Madison with 13 kills, while Janey Goodman added 10 for the Dukes. Four JMU players recorded at least 12 digs, including MacKenzie Kleespies who made a team-best 23 on the day.

JMU used a 6-1 run to take control during the first set, while the Blue Hens led a majority of the second stanza to knot the match at a set apiece. The third frame was knotted at 13-13, before the Dukes took the next three points and held the advantage from there. JMU then reeled off the first five points of the fourth set, and led the entire way. Delaware used a three-point run to pull within 23-22, but a kill by Lizzy Briones and an ace by Jaclyn Placha sealed the victory for the Dukes.

“We came out really flat and never got going in game one, knowing JMU was going to get out of the gate like a cannon,” said Blue Hen head coach Bonnie Kenny. “We have got to find a lineup that will provide us with some constant energy with the hopes of being more efficient.”

Match Notes:
• Hillman recorded her sixth double-double of the season and surpassed the 500-kill mark for her career
• Jenkins’ six kills were the first of her career
• Olsen went over the 1,800-assist plateau
• Freshman Kali Funk entered the day with five career assists before posting seven on Sunday
• Bryant and Jill Meyers each had a team-high four blocks for Delaware
• The victory was just the Dukes’ third in their last 13 meetings with the Blue Hens since 2007
• UD is back on the road Friday when the Blue Hens travel to Hofstra for a 7 p.m. match

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