SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 03, 2005
Dolphins lose final two match of North Florida Invitational
Sept. 3, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
The Jacksonville volleyball team dropped its final two games of the North Florida Invitational on Saturday at Swisher Gymnasium.
The Dolphins (1-7) lost its opening match to Eastern Michigan 3-0 and followed with a 3-0 loss to Eastern Washington in the nightcap.
"I think we're all disappointed with the results of this weekend," said JU head coach Kevin Paul. "We were in every game this weekend and never were able to really take advantage of the opportunities before us. Eight matches in eight days is a tough and now we can rest and focus on getting better the rest of the season."
Against Eastern Michigan, the Dolphins had chances to win all three games. EMU (2-0) took game one 30-27, rallying from a 23-19 deficit to take the early lead.
In game two, Eastern Michigan jumped out to a six point lead early and never looked back, taking a 2-0 lead, 30-24.
Game three saw the Dolphins fight back and served to win the game twice, but the Eagles fought off both game points to seal the match with a 31-29 win.
Danielle Neville led the Dolphins with 12 kills, with Lindsey Ward and Eva Stoilova chipping in with 10 apiece. Erin Donivan dished out 46 assists with Alyssa Fowles leading the defense with 14 digs. Ward added a match-high five blocks for JU.
In the nightcap, Eastern Washington had a .403 hitting percentage along with eight blocks to stop JU, 3-0.
Eastern Washington (4-1) took the early lead in game one and cruised to a 30-19 win.
Game two began with the two teams trading points before Eastern Washington used a late surge to take the game, 30-24.
The final game was a see-saw affair that saw each team have the lead at five times. Once again, the Eagles offense proved to be to tough to tame as they sealed the match with a 30-27 win.
Eastern Washington's Brittney Page had a match-high 16 kills for the Eagles.
With a hectic first week of the season behind them, the Dolphins prepare for the Denver Invitational next week. JU opens up with host Denver on Friday.