JMU Volleyball sweeps Delaware

JMU volleyball celebrates point against College of Charleston
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NEWARK, Del. (JMU Athletics) Propelled by a strong defensive effort with 16.0 blocks, James Madison volleyball swept the Delaware Blue Hens (25-12, 25-19, 25-21) on the road in the Bob Carpenter Building Saturday night.

The win improved JMU to 15-7 on the year and upped its Colonial Athletic Association record to 9-3 while Delaware dropped to 12-10, 4-7.

Freshman Sophia Davis led the Dukes with eight blocks, followed by senior Sarah Martin with five. Senior Briley Brind'Amour paced JMU's attack with 12 kills and a .385 hitting percentage while Martin recorded 29 assists on the night.

SET 1 | The Dukes took control of the set at 5-4 and cruised to a 25-12 victory in the opening frame. JMU had a standout performance from the front row as eight Delaware attacks were shut down in the stanza.
SET 2 | JMU put themselves on the cusp of a sweep with a 25-19 win in set two after rallying back from a five-point deficit.
SET 3 | Down by five at 8-3, JMU used a strong attack (.333 hitting percentage) and five blocks to win take the third set, 25-21, while securing the three-set sweep.

- Davis' eight blocks were a match-high.
- The Dukes dominated on the front row, accumulating 16 blocks to the Blue Hens' two.
- Brind'Amour's 12 kills were a match high.
- Martin's match-high 29 assists put her at fifth all-time with 2,933 career assists. She is only 60 away from tying fourth.

"I am proud of how the team bounced back and played really well today against a well-coached Delaware team with one of the best players in the conference. I am especially proud of how we executed our blocking and applied pressure the entire match."

The Dukes return home to Sinclair Gymnasium, hosting Elon on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. before playing William & Mary on Sunday, Nov. 10. JMU will honor its three seniors following Sunday's match against the Tribe.