Volleyball begins its quest to retain the Atlantic Sun Conference title

Sept. 23, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- - The Jacksonville volleyball team begins its quest for a second-straight Atlantic Sun Conference championship on Saturday on the road in a rematch from last weekend against in-state rival Stetson.

After a rough start, the Dolphins (4-10) are starting to come together having won three of their last four matches. A year ago, Jacksonville lost its first seven matches before rattling 15 of its last 22 to win the conference tournament.

"Coming off of the tough schedule we feel like the team is now ready to go for conference play," said head coach Kevin Paul. "We had a really good week of practice and I know that the team is anxious to get started with the part of the season that matters most."

Jacksonville topped Stetson, 3-1, last weekend to take second place at the Florida International Invitational. Lindsay Ward, Joanna Silva, Petya Borisova and Eva Stoilova each finished the match in double figures in kills. Senior setter Erin Donivan finished the match with 18 digs, while freshman Alyssa Fowles had a team-high 20 digs.

"We ended last weekend playing Stetson and we know what to expect from them, we are going into that match confident," Paul said.

First serve is set for 2 p.m. at the Edmunds Center in DeLand, Fla.