Volleyball knocks off Savannah State in three

Sept. 19, 2006

Box Score

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Jacksonville volleyball team used an explosive offensive attack and an equally stiff defensive presence to snap its six-match losing streak with a 3-0 win over Savannah State on Tuesday.

Sara Bendorf led the Dolphins offensive attack with 14 kills, with Stevenique Richardson and Melissa Merchant getting nine apiece. Merchant also led the defensive attack with six blocks.

For the match, the Dolphins (5-8) offense hit .432 and limited the Tigers (0-12) to a -.104 hitting percentage, racking up 7.5 blocks.

"This was a big confidence booster for us," said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. "We've played some really tough matches the past few weeks and it was good to see us take what we've been working on in practice and put into action during a game."

JU opened the match with an impressive 30-11 win in game one. The Dolphins racked up 17 kills, seven by Bendorf, while getting 3.5 blocks and holding the Tigers to a -.087 hitting percentage.

The Dolphins continued to roll in the second game, picking up a 30-8 win, opening the game with a 13-1 run. JU had 20 kills with just one error for an impressive .543 hitting percentage. The defense was solid again as well, racking up two blocks in the game, with Merchant picking up two blocks and six kills in the game.

JU sealed the match with another solid game, winning 30-15. The Dolphins had 14 kills, five from Petya Borisova as the offense hit .310 for the game. Defensively, JU had two blocks in the game, led by Merchant's two as the Dolphins held the Tigers to a -.250 percentage.

Una Dzalba dished out 33 assists in two games while Amanda Youell came off the bench with 12 assists in the third game. Shelley Walroth led the back row with six digs.

The Dolphins hit the road this weekend for a two-match road trip in South Carolina. JU opens with a match against Charleston Southern on Friday and wraps it up with a match against Coastal Carolina on Sunday.