Volleyball falls to Loyola Marymount, 3-1

Sept. 15, 2006

Final Stats

MIAMI, Fla. - Sara Bendorf's 14 kills led the JU volleyball team, but it was not enough as the Dolphins fell to Loyola Marymount in the first day of competition at the Miami Invitational.

The Dolphins (4-6) got a solid defensive effort from Shelley Walroth with 15 digs while Eva Stoilova added 14. Stoilova just missed a double-double with nine kills while Una Dzalba dished out 31 assists.

"We played well tonight, we just didn't get the ball to drop for us," said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. "We played a very good team tonight and we played pretty well. I feel like the team is realizing that the potential is there to play well, they know it's possible, we just need to get that play more consistently."

The JU offense had a lot of attacks in the first two games, but couldn't put any balls away, dropping game one 30-19 and game two 30-21. The Dolphins had just seven kills in game one and nine in game two while the Lions (9-2) racked up 34 in the same two games.

Game two saw JU leading 19-17, before the Lions rattled off 11 straight points to put the game out of reach.

"We were swinging well all night," Kupferberg said. "It's one of those things that doesn't show up on the stats sheet. Una (Dzalba) set really well tonight and everyone was on target. Everyone stepped up and played well, which is very encouraging to see."

The Dolphins rallied for an impressive 30-20 win in game three as the offense and defense came to life at the same time. JU racked up 15 kills and had a .345 hitting percentage while holding the Lions to just 10 kills and a -.056 hitting percentage.

Game four saw the Lions roar back with a 30-23 win to seal the match. JU had 10 kills but only had a .097 hitting percentage.

Four Lions recorded double figures in kills, led by Heather Hughes' 18. Emily Day had a double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs while setter Ashley Dutro dished out 35 assists.

The Dolphins are back in action again on Saturday with a doubleheader against in-state rivals Miami and Florida A&M.