Dukes Beat Dukes of James Madison, 3-2

The Duquesne Dukes' volleyball team, in its first game of the James Madison / Days Inn Invitational, upped its 2009 record to 4-1 via a 3-2 victory over the host JMU Dukes Friday night at Sinclair Gymnasium in Harrisonburg, Va.

Box Score

Duquesne and James Madison each won two of the first four games to force the fifth and deciding contest.

The Red and Blue scored the first point. JMU won three straight for a 3-1 edge. Duquesne tied the score once, 8-8. Head coach Steve Opperman called a time out when the Dukes of Duquesne dropped two points back, 10-8.

The DU Dukes scored three of the next four times to tie the game at 11-11, which forced JMU coach Disa Garner's call for a break.

JMU scored the next point to regain a 12-11 edge only to see Duquesne run off three straight and four of the final five points for the 15-13 win.

The earlier game scores were JMU 25-22, DU 25-23, DU 25-20 and JMU 25-19.

Redshirt sophomore Nicole Wright recorded a double-double of 17 kills and 13 digs. Senior Jessica Artman added 15 kills with sophomore Liz Homan winning on 12 shots. Senior Chelsea Tillotson assisted on 42 points.

Junior Amy Palko and freshman Sara Scheirman each had 14 digs. Scheirman is this week's Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week.

JMU dropped to 1-3. Danielle Erb also had a double-double, 15 kills with 14 digs. Jessica Zeroual also had 15 kills and Natalie Abel recorded 19 digs. Lauren Fanelli had a game-high 55 assists.

In the day's first contest, the Red Flash of Saint Francis shut out the Hampton Pirates, 3-0.

Saturday the Dukes, Duquesne-version, take on Saint Francis (1-3) at 10:00 a.m. and then close out the tournament against Hampton (2-2) at 5:00 p.m.

Note: This Dukes vs Dukes game was broadcast over the internet. Took a bit of a learning curve to realize when the broadcasters said, for example, "That puts the Dukes up two," it wasn't good news for Duquesne.

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