HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Towson University volleyball team overcame a 2-1 deficit for a 3-2 victory at James Madison on Sunday afternoon in Colonial Athletic Association play. The Tigers (19-3, 6-0 CAA) won their 12th straight match with the victory.
Junior Katy Buck became the 13th player in program history to record the 1,000th kill of her career. Buck, who entered the day needing 10 kills to reach the milestone, got to the mark in the fourth set.
"This was a very hair pulling, frustrating, extremely fun match," said Towson coach Bruce Atkinson. "JMU played very well as did our team. When our backs got to the wall, our team as an entire unit really stepped up."
The first set was a back and forth battle as the two teams battled through 13 ties and five lead changes. Towson trailed 22-19 before battling back to tie the set at 23-23 on a kill from Buck. Tied at 25-25, the Tigers used kills from junior Dayane Van Ass and senior Marta Machos to record the 27-25 victory.
In the second set, the Dukes jumped out to an 18-13 lead with a service ace. A kill from Lizzy Briones gave James Madison a 25-18 win in the second set and tied the match at 1-1.
A kill from Natalie Abel, gave the Dukes a 15-11 lead in the third set. Back-to-back attack errors by the Tigers gave James Madison a 22-12 advantage in the set. James Madison used a kill from Megan Wiechmann to earn a 25-15 win in the third set and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Behind a strong service game from McCreary, the Tigers scored the first four points of the fourth set. Towson increased its lead to 15-10 on a kill from Buck. A kill from Van Ass made it 20-12 in favor of the Tigers. Towson secured the 25-15 win on a kill from Machos. The Tigers' win in the fourth set forced the match to a fifth set.
Towson opened up a 10-6 lead in the fifth set on a kill from senior I'ishah Keliikoa. James Madison pulled to within one at 11-10. A kill from Buck, gave the Tigers a 15-13 win and a 3-2 victory in the match.
Machos led the Tigers, as she tied her career-high with 17 kills. She added four digs and two blocks assists. Buck posted a "double-double" as she finished with 14 kills and 11 digs. McCreary reached double digit kills with 14 while contributing six digs and four blocks. Van Ass contributed 13 kills while sophomore Paige Sekerak had 19 digs. Senior Aubrey Kirven had 59 assists and 12 digs for a "double-double."
Danielle Erb led James Madison with 20 kills while Abel had 14 kills and seven digs.
The Tigers return home on Friday, Oct. 19 to host Hofstra at 7 p.m.