Volleyball keeps conference win streak alive

Oct. 15, 2005

Final Stats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Same song, different verse.

For the Jacksonville volleyball team, that is what Atlantic Sun Conference play has become as the Dolphins picked up their 14th straight win in conference competition with a 3-1 win over East Tennessee State at Swisher Gymnasium on Saturday night.

It also was a record tying night for Danielle Neville, who had six blocks in the win to the all-time school record with 376.

"I really never thought about the record until this year," said Neville. "Throughout my career, I've always taken pride in my defense and helping the back row make their job a little bit easier. It's a great accomplishment to tie the record and hopefully I'll break it tomorrow."

The win gives Jacksonville (8-11, 4-0 A-Sun) wins in five of the last six matches and seven of the last nine.

Petya Borisova led the Dolphins with 15 kills and 19 digs, both match highs. Erin Donivan dished out 50 assists to help three other Dolphins get in double figures in kills. Lindsay Ward had 12 kills with Eva Stoilova and Neville adding 10 apiece. Stoilova also added 16 digs for her team leading 12th double-double of the season.

"Every win is a good win, but this was a very good win for us," said JU head coach Kevin Paul. "When we were successful, we were making good passes and forcing them to alter their shots. We're still not playing as well as we can, but it's good to know that you can still come out and win when you're not playing well. Whether it's ugly or not, it's the result that counts."

"We're still on track for our goal, to go undefeated in conference."

ETSU (14-7, 3-2 A-Sun) came out on fire, taking an early 15-8 by making the Dolphins pay for their mistakes.

Trailing 21-14, the Dolphins went on an 11-4 run to tie the game at 25 after kills by Erin Donivan and Lindsey Ward. With the game tied, JU took control, outscoring the Bucs 5-1 to take the first game.

Game two was a see-saw affair early with ETSU pulling away late to take the game, 30-26. The two teams traded points and with the game tied at 15, ETSU outscored JU 6-2 to take a 21-17 lead.

The Dolphins got cut the lead to one twice, but couldn't regain the lead as the Bucs evened the match at one.

Jacksonville's offense found its rhythm in game three, taking the game 30-27, courtesy of 18 kills and a .184 hitting percentage. The Dolphins once again fell behind early as ETSU took a 13-9 lead. The Dolphins rallied to tie the game at 18 and went on a 6-1 run to take a 24-19 lead.

The Bucs weren't going away easily though as they rattled off five unanswered to pull the game even at 24.

Jacksonville wasn't going to be denied, outscoring the Bucs 6-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Game four saw the Dolphins jump ahead early and pour it on, sealing the match with a 30-25 win.

East Tennessee State was led with 12 kills from Sarah Buhr and Brittany Kessel.

Jacksonville returns to the court tomorrow at 2 p.m. against South Florida.