FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2005
Volleyball seniors shine on Senior Night
Nov. 11, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville volleyball team honored its four seniors on Friday night and they in turn honored the school with one of their best efforts in their careers as JU rallied to beat Stetson 3-2 at Swisher Gymnasium.
The trio of Lindsay Ward, Danielle Neville and Erin Donivan led JU, each racking up a double-double in their final home game. Ward had 22 kills and 14 digs, with Donivan dishing out 60 assists and getting 11 digs, and Neville getting 11 kills and 12 digs.
Joining the double-double parade was Alyssa Fowles, who had 12 kills and a match-high 23 digs.
"I'm really pleased with how we responded in game four," said JU head coach Kevin Paul. "We're really banged up right now and have a lot of people playing in positions that they haven't played in a while. We were challenged tonight and we answered the challenge. Now we have to get some rest, get healthy and get ready for the conference tournament next week."
With the win, JU (15-13) clinched a winning season for the fourth straight year and the win marked the fourth straight year that the Dolphins has won at least 15 matches.
Jacksonville took game one behind an impressive offensive attack, racking up 16 kills and hitting .262. The Dolphins took the lead early and never looked back, winning 30-26.
Game two saw Stetson's offense come alive, racking up 20 kills, as the Hatters evened the match with a 30-25 win. Stetson blew the game open early, turning a 6-6 tie into a 17-9 lead that they would not relinquish.
The Hatters (10-16) owned game three from the get-go. Stetson opened the game on a 16-2 run on its way to 30-12 win. JU's offense was held to just nine kills while Stetson racked up 17.
The Dolphins rallied back to force a deciding game by taking game four, 30-16. Ward led the JU rally, racking up seven kills of the Dolphins'22 kills in the game. JU's offense hit .514 for the game and committed just four attack errors. Defensively, the Dolphins put the clamps down as well, limiting Stetson to just nine kills.
Jacksonville finished off its Senior Night rally by winning game five and the match, 15-10. JU had 10 kills in the game and held the Hatters to just a .278 hitting percentage in the game.
Stetson got 21 kills from DeeAnn Dempsey and 18 from Gina Iacona while Karla Readshaw led the Hatters with 19 digs and 32 assists.
Jacksonville's next match will be in the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament in Nashville, Tenn., against the winner of the Belmont-East Tennessee State match.