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Tigers out-hit Dukes in three-set sweep

Towson hit a team-best .643 with 10 kills as the Tigers swept James Madison.

Towson hit a team-best .643 with 10 kills as the Tigers swept James Madison.

Jessica Lewis and Jocelyn Kuilian combined for 23 kills in a three-set sweep of James Madison on Friday night. The Tigers out-hit the Dukes .294 to .147 and out-killed them 45 to 31 and cruised to a conference victory, 26-18, 25-16, 25-19.

Towson out-hit JMU in all three sets with the Tiger’s best set being the first. Towson hit a match-best .351 in the first set with 17 kills and only four attack errors.

The Tigers and the Dukes exchanged the first few points of the match but Towson had four-straight kills to take a 6-3 lead. However, it was an even greater run that helped them run away with the set just a bit later.

In response to Towson taking their 6-2 lead, the Dukes trimmed their lead down to one point by scoring three of the next four points. Then, JMU gave away three-straight points off errors and the Tigers extended the run to eight-straight to take a 15-6 lead.

Following the three gifted points off JMU errors, the Tigers earned the next five points of the run with Lewis smacking four kills and Lindsay Glaherty and Payton Windell teaming up for a block.

JMU tried to come back in the set, but the Tigers kept their distance with their own kills. After Towson took a 23-14 lead off three-straight points, JMU scored four in a row to get back within six points. The hole was far too big, though. An error by the Dukes gave Towson a 24th point and Lewis smacked down a kill to win the set points.

There was another very early exchange in the second set, but Towson created some cushion with a four-point run with three kills and an ace to take a 5-2 lead. That lead extended to 7-3 after another kill by Carola Biver and ave by Kuilan.

JMU got back close to Towson, and finally took a lead with a three-point run that put them ahead 14-13. But the Tigers scored five-straight points to get back out to an 18-14 lead.

The Dukes called a timeout after that and scored a point to end the Tiger’s run, but responded with six more consecutive points to take a 24-15 lead.

JMU blocked a Tiger attack to save one set point, but Lewis ended the set with a kill.

As with the first two sets, the two teams were caught in a tight competition early on with exchanges of points. But as was the case with both sets, Towson used a key run to create the needed separation to pull away in the set.

A kill by Kelly Vahos made it a 7-6 match but Towson built on their lead with four-straight points off three kills and an ace.

That was key for Towson withstanding a 6-1 run by the Dukes. But Towson didn’t relinquish their lead. Then, when a service error put JMU back within one point, four most consecutive points by the Tigers gave them a 20-15 lead. That extended to a 22-16 lead before JMU scored three of the next four points to get back within four points.

But Towson finished the match with three of the next four points with all of their points coming from kills to close out the match.

Lewis led Towson with 13 kills while Kuilan with 10 kills and a team-best .643 hitting.

Towson will seek their third-straight victory and second-straight CAA victory on Sunday when they host William & Mary at 1 pm.

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