Dolphins drop 3-0 decision to Denver

Sept. 9, 2005

DENVER, Colo. - - Eva Stoilova led the Jacksonville volleyball team with 15 kills but it was not enough as the Dolphins fell 3-0 to Denver in the Denver Invitational on Friday night.

Stoilova's 15 kills led the team while Petya Borisova added 13 kills and 10 digs for JU (1-8) as the Dolphins dropped their fourth straight match.

The story of the match was defense. Denver's defense limited the Dolphins to a .181 hitting percentage for the match while racking up a total of 12 blocks.

The Dolphins defense answered with seven total blocks, but made critical errors on serves, committing nine service errors, and had six ball-handling errors for a total of 15 points lost.

Jacksonville's offense got off to a slow start as Denver (3-3) took game one, 30-19. JU had a negative hitting percentage in the first game, while the Pioneers offense pounded home 13 kills in the game.

Game two was a wakeup call as the Dolphins battled, but fell 33-31. Both teams had a .250 hitting percentage in the game, but Denver had 25 kills to JU's 18.

Game three was a toss up as well, with the two teams offense's coming to the forefront. JU had its best game offensively, hitting .364 and slamming home 18 kills on just 33 attempts, but Denver took advantage of JU's mistakes to win the game and the match, 30-26.

Lisa Hunter led the Pioneers with 15 kills, with setter Ashly Ball dishing out 47 assists while Sarah Adamis racked up a match-high 15 digs.

The Dolphins wrap up the Denver Invitational on Saturday with matches against TCU and Idaho State. First serve for the TCU match is scheduled for 1 p.m. followed by the Idaho State match at 5 p.m.