SUNDAY, OCTOBER 09, 2005
Volleyball runs over Mercer, 3-0
Oct. 9, 2005
MACON, Ga. - The Jacksonville volleyball team continues its midseason turnaround as the Dolphins knocked off Mercer, 3-0, to win their 13th straight match in Atlantic Sun Conference competition.
"We expect to win in three and we did that," said JU head coach Kevin Paul. "We came out and played really well in game one and then we got sluggish in the last two. Joanna Silva really gave us a lift defensively with her six blocks, she was a big part of our win in game one. Danielle really came through for us today, making some big plays on offense and defense. We've got to focus on our serves and getting them in play because we gave away too many points. Now, we turn our focus to the rematch with UNF this week."
Jacksonville (7-10, 3-0 A-Sun) won for the sixth time in its last seven matches and its fourth in a row with a steady offensive attack. The Dolphins finished the match with a .322 hitting percentage and hit over .400 in game one.On defense, JU held Mercer (5-15, 0-5 A-Sun) to a .147 hitting percetnage and allowed more than 10 kills in just one game.
Game one saw the Dolphins set the tone early, taking a 1-0 lead with a 30-19 win. Silva racked up five of her six blocks during the game as the Dolphins offense racked up 17 kills.
Despite a sluggish start to game two, the Dolphins were able to overcome the early Mercer lead to take a 2-0 lead with a 30-27 win. JU hit only .204 in the game, but had 18 kills, with Mercer keeping it close with 15 kills.
The Dolphins sealed the win with a 30-25 win in game three. JU racked up 20 kills on just 39 attempts to hit .385 for the game, while holding Mercer to just 10 kills in 29 attempts.
Jacksonville is back in action as they face archrival UNF in a rematch from JU's 3-1 win. First serve is set for Wednesday at 7 p.m.