James Madison Volleyball Pulls Away in Final Two Sets To Notch 3-1 CAA Win Over University of Delaware
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware volleyball team captured the second set to even the match but could not continue the momentum as the Blue Hens dropped a 3-1 decision to James Madison Friday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Dukes, who snapped a two-match losing streak while improving to 9-12 overall and 4-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association, posted the victory by game scores of 25-22, 15-25, 25-17, 25-18. Delaware lost its second straight match as the Blue Hens fell to 11-11 overall and 3-5 in conference play.
Lizzy Briones paced the Dukes with 16 kills against just one attack error to hit .556 for the night, while Janey Goodman added 11 kills. Sarah Patterson handed out 40 assists while four JMU players reached double figures in digs, including MacKenzie Kleespies with a team-best 24 digs. Hanna Radhi added 10 blocks for the Dukes, who held an 11-6 block advantage.
Blue Hen redshirt sophomore Chandler Bryant led Delaware with a career-high 18 kills, as she committed just four attack errors to hit .389 during the contest. Classmate Jill Meyers also set her career-high in kills for the Blue Hens, as she slammed home 13 while Katie Hillman chipped in with 11 on the evening.
UD freshman Kali Funk dished out a season-best 37 assists and made 11 digs, while sophomore Ariel Shonk recorded a match-high 37 digs for the Blue Hens.
The first set was evenly matched as the squads were knotted at 19-19, before the Dukes used a five-point run to take control. However Delaware would immediately respond, as the Blue Hens did not trail during the second game. UD held a late 20-15 edge before emphatically closing out the set with five consecutive points, including the clincher on a block by Hillman and Bryant.
The third frame was tied at 12-12, but the Dukes took six of the next eight points and eventually captured the set to go up 2-1 in the match. A four-point run in the fourth set put JMU up 14-10, and the lead grew to as many as nine points before the Dukes ended the match on a kill by Briones.
“We ran our offense, passed well and sided out well in the second set, but could not sustain it,” said Delaware head coach Bonnie Kenny. “I thought we worked hard in game three, but we lost two long rallies and fizzled out from there. We have to become a tougher team and learn to fight through that.”
• Shonk surpassed the 30-digs mark for the seventh time this season
• Funk recorded her second consecutive double-double
• Bryant reached double figures in kills for the fourth straight match
• Hillman reached double digit kills for the eighth consecutive contest
• James Madison swept UD in a season for the first time since 2002
• Delaware looks to snap a three-match home losing skid when the Hens host William & Mary on Saturday at 7 p.m.