Volleyball rallies to defeat Southeast Louisiana

Sept. 1, 2006

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Despite some long scoring droughts, the Jacksonville volleyball team was able to overcome Southeast Louisiana's 17 service aces to open the 2006 Crispers Invitational with a 3-2 win Saturday night at Swisher Gymnasium.

Georgia Southern opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Lafayette earlier in the day.

Sara Bendorf led the Dolphins' offense with 16 kills and 10 digs for her second double-double of the season. Shelley Walroth guided the JU defense with a match-high 30 digs.

"It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win," said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. "We've got to become more consistent on offense and do a better job on serve receive. We're still feeling each other out, but we just need to keep working on getting better each match."

The Dolphins (2-2) dropped the first game of the match, 30-26. Despite racking up 16 kills in the game, JU made 10 errors while Southeast made just five.

Jacksonville took control of games two and three, winning each by the score of 30-21. The Dolphins offense was strong in both games, hitting .250 in the second game and .538 in the third.

Game four was a see-saw battle that saw JU plagued with trouble on its serve receive. The Lions got just 14 kills in the game, but got six aces, as they forced a fifth and final game.

The final game saw JU take a 12-9 lead and turn into a 13-12 deficit. JU rallied to win the final three points to seal the match.

Southeast Louisiana had five players finish in double figures in kills, with three players racking up 11 apiece. Margaret Pittman led the Lions with 20 digs.

Chipping in the JU offensive attack was Stevenique Richardson with 15 kills and Katie Hendrian with 12. Hendrian had a double-double as she had 10 digs as well.

The Dolphins are back in action again tomorrow as they face Georgia Southern and Lafayette in the final day of the Crispers Invitational. First serve against Georgia Southern is set for 11 a.m., with the Lafayette match scheduled for 6:30 p.m.