FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2005
Dolphins split first day at the FIU Invitational
Sept. 16, 2005
MIAMI, Fla.- - The Jacksonville volleyball team split its two matches on Friday in the first day of action at the Florida International Invitational.
The Dolphins (3-10) topped Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, 3-1, in the opening match before falling to the host team, FIU, 3-2 in the nightcap.
Against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (2-2), the Dolphins came out firing, racking up 16 kills on their way to a 30-23 win in game one.
Puerto Rico-Mayaguez evened the match at one with a 30-23 win in game two. Jacksonville answered with an impressive 30-17 win in game three, hitting .447 for the game with 19 kills and sealed the match with a 30-26 win in game four.
The FIU match was a battle from the beginning. Jacksonville opened the match by taking game one, 31-29, despite getting just 10 kills in the game.
The Panthers (8-5) answered back by taking game two, 30-21, courtesy of a strong offensive effort with 19 kills and limiting the Dolphins to just 10 kills.
Despite getting just 10 kills in game three, the Dolphins routed FIU, 30-16, to take a 2-1 lead. JU's defense stepped up in the third game, as FIU had 12 kills that were offset by 12 hitting errors to fall behind in the match.
Florida International came right back with another strong effort in game four to force a fifth game via a 30-20 win. The Dolphins offense struggled mightly during the game, hitting -.144 with just seven kills while FIU had 13 kills.
Game five got out of hand early for the Dolphins as FIU took an 8-3 lead and never looked back, sealing the come from behind win by taking the game, 15-10.
Anna Dmowska led four Panthers in double figures in kills with 20. Alyse Santisi recorded a match-high 22 digs for FIU.
Fowles led the Dolphins defense again with 19 digs while Donivan dished out 38 assists to go along with 11 digs. Silva added eight kills and 12 digs for JU.
The Dolphins wrap up their trip to south Florida against Stetson on Saturday afternoon.