JMU volleyball is off to a 4-2 start this season, but the Dukes' results are even better when they rack up kills, or spikes over the net that the opposition can't hit back over the net. Online Managing Editor Savannah Reger breaks down JMU's success on kills so far this season and how they can sustain with its depth at outside hitter. 

JMU is launching a sportsmanship campaign called Dukes Do Better in light of the school's move to the Sun Belt Conference, more exposure as a national brand and past fan complaints at JMU sporting events. Sports editor Grant Johnson attended JMU's mandated Sun Belt sporting behavior and ethical conduct meeting Aug. 24 to document how administration will disseminate the campaign to students and fans. 

The energy in Sinclair Gymnasium was undeniable Sunday as fans rallied to cheer on JMU volleyball against Towson on Senior Day. The Dukes and Tigers both brought their A-games, but Towson ultimately pulled ahead and won the match 3-1 (25-16, 22-25, 25-15, 25-20).

In volleyball, defensive specialists are the first to contact the ball once it’s served into play. They steady the offense and determine whether the team will have a chance to score — the offense relies on the back line to control the ball and set the hitters up for success.

Following a three-match win streak — all won without conceding a single set — JMU faced its toughest test of the season, hosting the defending CAA champion Towson on Saturday. Both teams entered the match tied for first place in the CAA. JMU won the match 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-19).

JMU junior setter Caroline Dozier has solidified herself as the Dukes’ de facto leader. With her relentless and reliable style of play, Dozier has proven to be a valuable piece of the Dukes’ offense. Junior outside hitter Chloe Wilmoth called Dozier one of the hardest workers she knows.

Last week was a big one for JMU sports. Field hockey secured the regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the CAA tournament. Volleyball had multiple players set season- and career-high records, including junior setter Caroline Dozier reaching 1,000 career assists. This week, it’s all abou…