James Madison Rallies, Tops Virginia
November 3, 1998
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia volleyball completed the non-conference portion of its schedule, as the Cavaliers hosted the James Madison Dukes at Memorial Gymnasium in front of 267 spectators. Virginia entered the match with the James Madison riding a 12-match home winning streak, 11 consecutive wins over JMU, a 10-0 record at home this season and rested on a current five-match winning streak. UVa jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after winning the first two games 15-9 and 15-9. The Cavaliers appeared to be on their way to a three game sweep of the Dukes after they went up 12-5 in the third game, before James Madison buckled down and mounted a comeback.
The Dukes fought off the Cavaliers and won game three 17-15, and the tables turned in favor of JMU. The Dukes jumped out to a 11-3 lead in game four, only to see UVa come back and take a 12-11 lead. But James Madison dug a little deeper and kept the match alive by winning the fourth game 15-13. The match was sent to game five, where JMU pulled out to a 12-6 lead and captured the fifth game of the match by a score of 15-7.
Mary Frances Scott tallied a match-high 65 assists to go along with 13 digs and four blocks. First-year outside hitter Blair Miller posted a match-high 21 kills and a team-high 19 digs in a starting role. The trio of Jessica Parson (20 kills, 8 digs, 5 blocks), Deanna Zwarich (13 kills, 5 assists, 4 digs, 4 blocks) and Andrea Fischer (12 kills, 7 digs) recorded solid numbers for UVa, while Katie Jones gathered 18 digs and 10 kills in the 3-2 loss.
James Madison was highlighted by Lindsay Collingwood, who recorded a match-high 28 digs and a team-high 18 kills, while Christina Gianino posted team-highs with 59 assists and 20 digs. The Dukes had six players finish in double figures in digs and had four players finish in double figures in kills.
The loss drops Virginia’s record to 21-5 overall, while the win improves James Madison’s record to 18-5 overall.
The Cavaliers will return to action on Friday, (Nov. 6) when Virginia travels to Atlanta, Ga. to faces the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Following UVa’s match with Georgia Tech, the Cavaliers will head to Clemson, S.C. to face the Clemson Tigers on Saturday, (Nov. 7). The match against Clemson will complete the road portion of UVa’s regular season schedule. Both matches against Georgia Tech and Clemson are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.
James Madison (18-5, 9-1 CAA) 9 9 17 15 15Virginia (21-5, 8-3 ACC) 15 15 15 13 7 LOM: 2:20Attendance: 267