Oct. 12, 2007
DAYTON, Ohio - No. 14 Dayton established a modern program record for consecutive wins with a 3-0 (30-18, 30-21, 30-25) victory over George Washington on Friday night. UD won for the 20th straight time to lift the nation's best record to 20-0 overall and 7-0 in Atlantic 10 play in front of 1,000 fans at Frericks Center.
Behind the support of its fourth home crowd of at least 1,000 fans this season, senior Jamie-Lee Richards became the 14th player in modern history to join the 1,000 Kill Club at Dayton. Richards collected hit .440 to collect 15 kills to go along with two service aces to lead a solid Flyer offensive attack.
Junior Bethany Akerhielm got off to a strong start and finished with 11 kills, one solo block and a service ace. Freshman Yvonne Marten added seven kills on just 11 attempts (.636) and a block assists to help UD secure a .362 to .178 advantage in hitting.
Redshirt freshman Lindsay Fletemier finished with eight kills and three blocks while junior Erin Schroeder dished out 36 assists to go along with five kills, four digs and two blocks on the night.
Senior libero Adrienne Green led the way with 19 digs to help UD record its 13th sweep of the competition in 20 matches this season. Dayton has swept its last six A-10 opponents and 10 its last 11 overall.
Dayton got off to a quick start by winning the first three rallies of the match with kills from Bethany Akerhielm, Jamie-Lee Richards and another solo block from Akerhielm. Richards added another kill to become the 15th player in school history to join the 1,000 Kill Club as UD took a 4-1 lead and never looked back. Dayton rolled to a 30-18 win behind a .531 team hitting percentage and 20 kills overall.
Akerhielm led the way with seven kills on seven swings in the first game while Richards added five kills on just seven swings with a service ace. Senior libero Adirenne Green led all players with nine digs as the Flyer defense held the Colonials to a .148 hitting percentage.
Richards kept up her solid offensive play in the second game with another six kills to help the Flyers beat the Colonials, 30-21. Although the GW offense picked up in game two, UD's attack was balanced with five kills from freshman Yvonne Marten as well as three by Erin Schroeder< and two each from Bethany Akerhielm, Kortney Norris and Lindsay Fletemier. Dayton had a .359 to .273 lead in hitting during game two and 20-12 advantage in kills to take a 2-0 lead in the match heading into intermission.
Dayton fell behind early in game one by a count of 6-3 before a kill from Lindsay Fletemier turned the momentum towards the Flyers. Fletemier assisted on a block with Robynne Green and UD took advantage of back-to-back GW errors to take a 7-6 lead. After the scored evened at 7-all, the Flyers took the lead again with a 3-0 run that included kills by Nicole Bateman and Robynne Green to give UD a 10-7 advantage.
The third game was tight throughout as Dayton won by a 30-25 margin on the strength of a .244 to .122 advantage in hitting. Lindsay Fletemier had five kills while the trio of Chelsy Christoff, Adrienne Green and Nicole Bateman had four kills each to push the Flyers to a 3-0 victory.
UD returns to action at Frericks Center on Saturday against Charlotte at 5 p.m. ET. The match will by Dayton's "Think Pink" match to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. In addition all local church, YMCA, and Girl Scout groups as well as all 2007 campers will be recognized during the game and eligible for in-game promotions. Finally, all fans who present a UD football ticket from the Flyers game vs. Davidson will receive FREE admission to the volleyball match on Saturday evening.
The match can also be followed with Gametracker and FREE live video at www.DaytonFlyers.com.