Oct. 30, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Freshman outside hitter Petya Borisova (Sofia, Bulgaria) tied a career-high with 12 kills and freshman outside hitter Eva Stoilova (Sofia, Bulgaria) recorded 10 kills and 10 digs for her third double-double of the season to pace JU in a 3-0 (30-23, 31-29, 30-12) win over Bethune-Cookman, Thursday night in Swisher Gymnasium. Junior libero Kelly Ryals (Gainesville, Fla.) led the Dolphins with 18 digs, recording 12 in the second game alone to nearly single-handedly repel the Wildcat attack. Ryals ranks fourth in the Atlantic Sun with 3.10 digs per game.
JU (13-11) took the first game 30-23, but Bethune-Cookman (7-19) showed signs of life with four and six point runs. The second game turned out to be a classic, featuring eight ties, three lead changes and Ryals' 12-dig explosion. The Wildcats took an early lead in the second until Stoilova gave JU its first lead, 18-17. An ace by sophomore Megan Myers put Bethune-Cookman up, 21-20, and the Wildcats held the advantage until Borisova tied it at 29-29 and Stoilova put the Dolphins ahead once again, 30-29. With sophomore middle hitter Lindsay Ward (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) serving, junior outside hitter Candice Rose (Mechanicsville, Md.) tallied the game-winning kill to give JU a 31-29 win. The Dolphins rode the momentum to claim the third and final game, 30-12.
JU is on the road against Stetson, Saturday, Nov. 1, at 2:00 p.m., when both teams resume conference play. The Dolphins are currently ranked third in the A-Sun and have already clinched a spot in the conference championship.