JU volleyball swept in season opener

Aug. 26, 2005

STATESBORO, Ga. - - It was a roller coaster day for the Jacksonville volleyball team as they lost to Campbell and LSU in the season opener at the Georgia Southern Invitational.

The Dolphins (0-2) fell 3-1 to Campbell after taking game one in dominating fashion. JU fell 3-0 to LSU in the second match, as the Tigers hit .383 for the match.

"Today was just a big roller coaster ride," said JU head coach Kevin Paul. "We gave away too many opportunities and didn't take advantage of the ones we had against Campbell. We played better against LSU, but we made too many mistakes against one of the top 70 teams in the country."

JU opened the season with a dominating 30-14 win over Campbell in game one, hitting .483 for the game and limited Campbell to a zero hitting percentage as well.

But the Camels rallied to take games two and three by the score of 30-26. The Dolphins offense was stymied, hitting just .118 in the second game and .167 in game three.

Campbell closed out the match with a 30-27 win in game four.

Eva Stoilova and Joanna Silva each racked up double-doubles in the match. Stoilova had 18 kills and 13 digs while Silva had 17 kills and 14 digs.

"We came out and played really well in the opening game, but we lost our intensity after that and Campbell took advantage of that," Paul said.

In the nightcap, LSU stormed out of the gates with a 30-19 win in game one. The Tigers never looked back, taking game two, 30-22, and game three, 30-18.

The Dolphins offense struggled against LSU, hitting just .104 for the match and only recording 28 kills. Stoilova and freshman Laura Goettsch led the Dolphins with seven kills apiece.

"We now know we have to work on our defense and our blocking and that is what we're going to do when we return to the gym for practice on Sunday," Paul said. "It's very similar to last year and we just have to learn from this and build on it for the rest of the season."

The Dolphins wrap up the Georgia Southern Invitational against host Georgia Southern on Saturday afternoon.