WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2005
Volleyball falls to North Florida, 3-0
Oct. 12, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville volleyball team hit a bump in the road in their trip back to .500 on Wednesday night, dropping a 3-0 decision to rival UNF on the road.
North Florida's offense was the story of the match, finishing the match with a .312 hitting percentage and 48 kills. The Dolphins were only able to record one block, the lowest total this season.
"Our defense let us down tonight," said JU head coach Kevin Paul. "We've been successful the past few weeks with our defense stepping up and tonight we only had one block, which we can't have to win matches. Now we have to take this and regain our focus for our conference match against East Tennessee."
The Dolphins dropped game one to North Florida, 30-24. UNF rallied from a 22-19 deficit by outscoring JU 10-1 to win the game. The Dolphins defense was unable to stop the Ospreys attack consistently, getting only one block as UNF had 20 kills and a .385 hitting percentage.
North Florida kept the momentum going in game two, taking the game, 30-21. After the two teams were tied at five, UNF rattled off 10 of the next 15 points to take a 15-10 lead that they would not relinquish.
Game three resembled a heavyweight title fight with each team taking a shot from the other only to bounce back. UNF took the early lead, 12-9, after three straight points after JU had tied the game at nine.
UNF came up off the canvas to retake the lead and extend it. The Ospreys rattled off six in a row to take a 22-18 lead. Jacksonville was able to cut the deficit to two, rallying to cut the Ospreys lead to 29-27, but North Florida was able to hold on to seal the match, 30-27.
The Ospreys were led by Amy Stroder's 14 kills, with Jennifer King adding 12. Jenna Thomas recorded a match-high 19 digs with Heather Kendrick dishing out 38 assists.
Jacksonville is back in action on Saturday for Homecoming against East Tennessee State. First serve is set for 5 p.m.