October 21, 2011

FIRST PLACE JAMES MADISON STAYS SHARP, TOPS VCU, 3-0

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior Jasmine Waters (Landover, Md.) supplied some bright spots for Virginia Commonwealth University, but first place James Madison roared past the Rams 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-21) Friday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

VCU has lost two straight to slip to 9-14 overall and 3-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association. JMU, which topped the Rams on Sept. 24 in Harrisonburg, Va., is 16-6 overall and 6-2. The Dukes entered Friday's match in a three-way tie for first in the CAA.
 
Waters, a 6-foot-4 middle blocker, spiked five kills and was credited with four blocks for the Rams. Classmates Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) and Anett Farkas (Budapest, Hungary) added nine and six kills, respectively. Freshman setter Cecilia Aragao (Recife, Brazil) provided 24 assists, three kills and two blocks.
 
Natalie Abel led James Madison with 13 kills and 11 digs. Kelly Turner and Holly Wall recorded four blocks apiece.
 
JMU hit .260 for the match, compared to VCU's .149. The Dukes pulled ahead midway through the first set to score a 25-16 and cruised from that point forward. VCU would lead just once the remainder of the evening.
 
The Rams, in the midst of a four-match homestand, will look to regroup on Saturday, Oct. 22 when they play host to George Mason at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The Patriots and Rams met on Sept. 23 in Fairfax, with Mason earning a 3-1 victory.
 
VCU will also host the Massey Cancer Center Pink Out at Saturday's match to raise awareness for cancer research. The first 100 fans will receive a pink t-shirt. A number of other promotions are planned.  
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