Volleyball sweeps Gardner-Webb, 3-0

Oct. 22, 2005

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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - It wasn't pretty, but it was a win.

The Jacksonville volleyball team overcame a slow start to run its Atlantic Sun Conference winning streak to 16 with a 3-0 win over Gardner-Webb on Saturday.

Joanna Silva led the Dolphins (10-13, 6-0 A-Sun) with 10 kills and six digs. Petya Borisova had nine kills and a team-high eight digs, while Danielle Neville added five kills and four blocks. Erin Donivan dished out 36 assists with seven digs in the win for JU.

"We didn't play very well, but I'm glad that we came in here and won 3-0," said JU head coach Kevin Paul. "Our passing was sloppy today, but we were able to find a way to take advantage of our opportunities and set up a big match next Saturday against Florida Atlantic for first place."

The win by the Dolphins sets up a big weekend in the A-Sun next weekend as the only remaining undefeated teams face off on Saturday when Florida Atlantic comes to Jacksonville at 3 p.m.

"That's the biggest match we have on our schedule right now," Paul said. "Florida Atlantic has a good team and there is a reason why they are undefeated. We're going to enjoy our ride back home and start focusing on that match tomorrow."

Gardner-Webb (9-22, 0-8 A-Sun) came out of the blocks firing, but the 13 kills for Bulldogs were not enough as the Dolphins rallied for a 30-28 win in game one. JU's offense awoke just in time to finish the game with 16 kills while being limited to a .167 hitting percentage.

But that wake up was all the Dolphins needed. JU took game two easily, 30-23, and followed with an impressive 30-17 win in game three to seal the match. JU's offense exploded in game two, hitting .455 and racked up 19 kills while being held in check somewhat in game three, only getting 11 kills while hitting .207.

Defense was the name of the game in the third game as the Dolphins held to just eight kills and a negative hitting percentage (-.139).

"Our defense really stepped up a notch after game one," Paul said. "We were a little sluggish early, but I'm proud of how we were able to shake off the slow start and regain our focus to do what we had to do to win."

The Dolphins are back in action again on Wednesday at home against Bethune-Cookman to start a four match homestand. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m.