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Tigers swept by Dukes in CAA semifinals

 Redshirt sophomore Anna Holehouse was named to the CAA All-Tournament team after totaling 28 digs with six assists in two matches.


Redshirt sophomore Anna Holehouse was named to the CAA All-Tournament team after totaling 28 digs with six assists in two matches.

Despite out-killing the top-seeded James Madison Dukes with both Jessica Lewis and Jocelyn Kuilan smacking a dozen each, the Towson volleyball team were unable to advance to the CAA finals as they were swept on Saturday afternoon.

Towson was undone by 23 attacking errors in the match, as they hit just .131 in the match. The Dukes also had a superior defense at the net with 14 blocks. Towson was able to remain very competitive, but still dropped the decision 25-19, 27-25, 25-22.

The Dukes took an early 5-1 lead in the opening set. Towson called a timeout and responded with a 5-1 run of their own to tie things up at 6-6 and worked their way out to a 16-13 lead off consecutive kills by Kuilan and Candace Steadman.

But James Madison showed their power right after that with six-straight points to take a 19-16 lead. Overall, the Dukes out-scored the Tigers 12-3 to end the opening set.

Towson did not let that bad end of the set take them out of the game and they scored four-straight points in the second set to take a 4-1 lead. Still, though, the Dukes always had a response for the success the Tigers had.

Towson had a 14-9 lead in the second set, but the Dukes worked their way back to an 18-18 tie. Towson wouldn’t let James Madison overtake them that soon. Towson kept pushing back ahead, but the Dukes kept tying the match. A kill by Kuilan and block by Steadman and Annie Ertz gave the Tigers a 24-22 lead in the set, but two errors cost them set point and tied the set to guarantee extra points.

The set was re-tied at 25 on a kill by JMU’s Janey Goodman, and two more errors cost the Tigers, this time leading to the Dukes winning the set.

Neither team could create any separation in the third set. A 4-1 run by the Dukes gave them a 23-19 lead late. Three-straight points by Towson got them right back in contention, but two blocks by the Dukes got them the two points they needed to win the match.

Towson end their season with a 24-9 mark with their second-straight trip to the CAA semifinals. It is the third-straight year they’ve won at last 20 matches.

Redshirt sophomore Anna Holehouse was named to the CAA All-Tournament team after totaling 28 digs with six assists in two matches.

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