TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 08, 2005
Volleyball routs Bethune-Cookman in three

Nov. 8, 2005

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Jacksonville volleyball team continued its late-season turnaround on Tuesday, routing Bethune-Cookman 3-0 to win its third match in a row.

Despite being down to just six players due to injuries, the Dolphins are peaking at the right time as the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament looms next week.

"Tonight was a good opportunity for us to get some reps against a team and work on people playing in positions that aren't used to playing," said JU head coach Kevin Paul. "I'm pleased with the result and we'll go back to work tomorrow as we get ready for the conference tournament next week."

After getting off to a 1-9 start, the Dolphins are 13-4 since, including an 8-1 mark in A-Sun play that has sealed up the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. Jacksonville (14-13) has now won six of their last seven with the win and have crept above .500 for the first time this season.

"This has been a total team effort all season," Paul said. "For us to get above .500 has been a lot of work and we've gotten contributions from everyone on our team."

With the new players in new positions against the Wildcats, JU was still able to win in three (30-24, 30-20, 30-21).

"We played a little sloppy, but we're still working out the kinks with different people in different positions that they haven't played all season," Paul said. "I'm proud of how the team is adapting to the adversity and has thrived in that environment."

The Dolphins are now off until Friday for their final regular season match against Stetson at home. The three JU seniors will be honored in "Senior Day" festivities. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m.