Dolphins drop heartbreaker to Robert Morris, 3-2

Sept. 2, 2005

Final Stats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The problem with digging yourself in a hole is trying to get out.

Despite falling behind 2-0, the Jacksonville volleyball team battled back to force a fifth game, before falling to Robert Morris, 3-2, in the North Florida Invitational on Friday.

The Dolphins (1-5) had four players finish in double figures in kills and digs, led by Joanna Silva's 16 kills and 13 digs. Lindsay Ward chipped in with 10 kills and 10 blocks.

"This was a disappointing loss, especially after how well we played on Wednesday," said JU head coach Kevin Paul. "We got in a big hole early and were able to force a fifth game, but we didn't take advantage of the opportunities we were given. Now we just have to come out tomorrow and try to get better."

In game one, the two teams traded the lead several times with JU getting the first crack at game point, holding a 29-28 lead. The Dolphins couldn't cash in on the game point and the Colonials (2-3) scored the final three points to take the game, 31-29.

Game two saw Robert Morris pick up right where they left off, taking a 15-3 lead. The Dolphins answered back, going on a 16-5 run to cut the lead to one, 20-19.

But Robert Morris ended the comeback hopes by outscoring JU 10-4 to take a seemingly insurmountable 2-0 lead.

Yet the Dolphins didn't go quietly into the night. Jacksonville opened up with the early lead, but squandered three game points as the Colonials tied the game at 29. JU didn't give up, scoring the next two points to get back into the match, trailing 2-1.

Game four began with both teams trading points in rapid fire fashion, with the teams tied at 15. JU made the first run of the game, going on a 10-3 run to take a 25-18 lead

This time there would be no late game heroics from Robert Morris as the Dolphins forced a deciding game with a 30-25 win.

With the vocal crowd and momentum behind the Dolphins, the two teams matched points until the Colonials broke open a 4-4 tie to take a 9-4 lead that they would not relinquish, icing the match with a 15-7 win.

Emily Wolthuis racked up a match-high 22 kills in the win for Robert Morris, with Megan Bell adding 20. Tawnya Storino had 65 assists with Alaina Gibson recording 25 digs.

Joining Silva and Ward in double figures in kills was Danielle Neville with 13, to go along with five blocks; Eva Stoilova with 11, on top of 10 digs; and Petya Borisova with 10. Erin Donivan dished out a season-high 53 assists and 11 digs.

Alyssa Fowles added 12 digs from the back row for the Dolphins.

JU wraps up their schedule in the North Florida on Saturday with matches against Eastern Michigan at 12:30 p.m. followed by Eastern Washington at 7:30 p.m.