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JMU Squeaks By Tribe Volleyball, 3-2
Updated: Tuesday 09/27/2013 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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For the second time in five days, the William and Mary volleyball team was battling in the fifth set before falling on the road, edged by James Madison Friday night 3-2.  The Tribe is now 4-12 on the year and 0-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association, while the Dukes improved to 6-8 overall, 1-0 in league play.

Box Score

The Tribe was led once again by the strong play of junior Liz Brown (Ellicott City, Md.), who had a career-high 23 kills while hitting .302.  Sophomore Dessi Koleva (Torrance, Calif.) also came up big on the stat sheet with her team-leading fifth double-double of the season, 16 kills and a career-best 21 digs.  Redshirt-freshman Michelle Heath (Rustburg, Va.) reached 10 kills as well, pairing hers with three service aces and a pair of blocks.

On the defensive side of the net, redshirt-junior Paulette Grand Pre (Laguna Beach, Calif.) had 28 digs and five assists, leading all players in digs.  Classmate Monika Stanciauskas (Wheaton, Ill.) had a team-best six blocks along with seven kills, and sophomore Carolyn Albright (Raleigh, N.C.) was also tough at the net with five blocks, three of them solo.  Senior Celine Alasomuka (Centreville, Va.) had 11 digs and two aces, and freshman Paige Lucas (Asheboro, N.C.) rounded out the notables with 53 assists, nine digs, three blocks, and two service aces.

It was an incredibly close match throughout, with a total of 37 ties and 20 lead changes, and in fact each of the last three sets were decided by just two points.  After JMU took the first set, 25-18, the Tribe responded with a 25-20 win of its own in the second, taking nine of the final 11 points.  Both Heath and Brown had six kills and no errors in the set, with all three of Heath's aces coming in the second as well.

In the third set, W&M went on a big run in the middle, outscoring JMU 10-4 to go ahead by six at 19-13.  The Dukes rallied, however, and forced a time-out with a tie at 23-23.  The quick rest worked in W&M's favor, as JMU served the ball into the net and then Koleva finished things off with her third kill of the set, 25-23.  Brown once again had six kills with no errors, in the midst of an 18-kill run without error for the junior.

The fourth set played out very similar, with W&M racing out early before the home team was able to earn ties at 16-16, 20-20, and 23-23.  The last occasioned a time-out once again, only this time it was the Dukes who came out with a pair of points to claim the set and force a tiebreaker.  Brown had six kills for the third set in a row, and was joined at that mark by Koleva while Albright had two of her solo blocks in the set.

The fifth and final set was just as tense and just as exciting as those that had preceded it, and saw seven ties and six lead changes.  This time it was JMU out early and W&M reeling them back in, using both of Alasomuka's aces late to tie the set at 13-13, and then take one-point advantage after a Dukes timeout.  JMU was able to tie it with a kill, then go up one themselves on a block before an unlucky deflection gave the Dukes the win and the match.

William and Mary is back in action on Tuesday night, Oct. 1, hosting Liberty at 7 p.m. in Kaplan Arena.  Live stats and live video of the match are avaible through TribeAthletics.com.









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