NEWARK, Del. -- Lower seeds Virginia Commonwealth and James Madison both advanced Friday to highlight the first day of the Colonial Athletic Association Volleyball Championship hosted by the University of Delaware at Viera Court.
The quarterfinal victories set up semifinal matchups Saturday at Delaware. No. 6 seed VCU will take on No. 2 seed Northeastern (21-5) at 4 p.m. followed by the top-seeded Blue Hens (18-12) taking on No. 5 seed James Madison at 7 p.m. Delaware has won three of the last four CAA Tournament titles and subsequent NCAA Tournament berths.
Tickets for Saturday’s doubleheader action are $10 for adults and $7 for children under 17 with all students of CAA institutions admitted free with valid identification.
In the second match of the twinbill, James Madison (20-10) swept No. 4 seed Georgia State 3-0, winning sets by scores of 25-23, 25-16, and 29-27. The Dukes hit .355 for the match led by Kelly Maguire, who posted a team-high 13 kills with no errors in 25 attempts. Holly Wall added nine kills and 11 digs while Natalie Abel chipped in with eight kills and 11 digs. Katie Daorai added a team-high 14 digs and Kristi Richardson dished out 23 assists.
Muki Kangwa led Georgia State (14-18) with 17 kills and 15 digs and Vineece Verdun contributed 13 kills.
Delaware swept the season series against the Dukes, winning 3-1 at home on Oct. 7 and 3-2 in Harrisonburg, Va. on Nov. 11.
In the opener, VCU (16-15) won the first two games but had to fight off No. 3 seed Towson (23-9) to walk away with a 3-2 victory, winning by scores of 25-12, 25-22, 24-26, 18-25, 15-7. The Rams dominated the first two sets to take control but the Tigers rallied, squeezing out the third game 26-24 and taking the fourth game 25-18 to send it to a deciding fifth game. VCU then dominated the final game, winning 15-7 to advance.
VCU hit .347 and collected 13 blocks during the match to post the victory. Kristin Boyd led VCU with 18 kills while Anett Farkas and Jessica Ojukwu each added 10. Cecilia Aragao dished out 50 assists and Amanda Friday recorded 15 digs.
Towson, which swept Delaware in two matchups during the regular season, was led by CAA Player of the Year Katy Buck, who recorded a team-high 17 kills to go with seven digs.