JMU roundup: Nelson claims CAA women’s tennis award

RICHMOND — James Madison University women’s tennis sophomore Rachel Nelson has been named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Player of the Week, the league announced Wednesday morning.

The award is Nelson’s second this season, having received the honor on Feb. 11, and third of her career after earning the nod on March 5 as a freshman. Nelson is undefeated (6-0) at No. 2 singles this spring and boasts a 7-1 overall singles dual record.

Nelson went 2-0 at the No. 2 singles position over the Dukes’ last week of competition to lead JMU to a 4-3 win at Davidson before Madison fell 5-2 at NC State. At Davidson, she tallied the first JMU point of the day with a two-set win (6-2, 6-3) over Anna Feaster, drawing the Dukes even at 1-all with the Wildcats. At NC State, she earned a three-set victory (6-4, 0-6, 6-4) over Liza Fieldsend to hold off match point for the Wolfpack.

JMU holds a 5-3 mark to date through dual play heading into a spring break trip to Florida for three neutral-court matches. The Dukes begin with Lehigh on March 11 in Kissimmee, Fla., before traveling to Winter Park, Fla., to face Bucknell on March 12. They then return to Kissimmee for a match against Evansville on March 13.


HARRISONBURG — Due to travel complications, the James Madison baseball team has cancelled its mid-week contest against UMBC, previously scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park.

The Dukes will be back on the field this weekend, March 6-8, when they welcome Canisius to Harrisonburg for a four-game set. JMU will face the Griffs at 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon, play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. and wrap up the series with a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday.


HARRISONBURG — James Madison has postponed its home softball doubleheader against in-state rival Virginia, originally scheduled for Wednesday, to a later date due to impending inclement weather.

The Dukes and Cavaliers will now face off at Veterans Memorial Park twice on March 18 at 5 p.m. Admission is free for all JMU softball games.

JMU returns to action March 6-8 when it hosts the JMU Dukes Invitational, which included a field of Maryland, Rhode Island, St. John’s and Stony Brook. The Dukes open play at their home tournament Friday at 2:30 p.m. against the Seawolves of SBU.