HARRISONBURG, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University received 16 kills from junior Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.), but the Rams fell to James Madison Saturday night, 3-1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-17, 25-19), at Sinclair Gymnasium.
VCU slides to 4-11 overall and 0-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association with the loss. The Dukes improve to 11-4 overall and 2-0 in league play.
The Rams hit just .108 on the evening, struggling to overcome JMU's stable of blockers. VCU committed 28 hitting errors, 13 of which were the result of James Madison blocks. Lizzy Briones led the Dukes up front with seven blocks, including two solos. Kelly Maguire and Kristi Richardson added five blocks a piece for JMU.
Danielle Erb led the Dukes' offense with 18 kills in 40 swings, while Natalie Abel was close behind with 17 kills on 48 attempts. Abel committed just two errors and hit .312 on the evening.
Senior Courtney Hott (Fredericksburg, Va.) was a bright spot for the Black and Gold, hitting .350 with nine kills and four blocks. Freshman setter Cecilia Aragao (Recife, Brazil) added 37 assists, 13 digs and three blocks, while junior Marisa Low (Carlsbad, Calif.) dug 13 balls in her first action since returning from knee surgery.
After falling behind, 1-0, the Rams limited the Dukes to a .096 hitting percentage in the second set on the way to a 27-25 win to even the match. However, the Black and Gold hit .059 and -.030 in the final two sets as JMU took control.
VCU returns to the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center for its next match, which will feature the Bison of Howard University on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in non-conference action.