SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2006
Volleyball picks up third win a row beating Coastal Carolina

Sept. 24, 2006

Box Score

CONWAY, S.C. - Sara Bendorf racked up season-high 24 kills and 16 digs to lead the JU volleyball team to its third straight win with a 3-1 victory over Coastal Carolina on Sunday.

Bendorf's 24 kills is the most by a Dolphin this season and eclipses her previous season high of 16. It is the fourth double-double of the season for Bendorf and the 10th time this season she put up double figures in kills.

Setting her up was Una Dzalba, who continues to improve with each match - dishing out 55 assists while getting 13 digs for the double-double. Dzalba has now put up her two highest assist totals in the last two matches.

"We got off to a slow start, but we really started connecting as the match went along," said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. "This was a good win for us on the road and will be something that we can learn from when we get into conference play."

The Dolphins (7-8) dropped the opening game, 30-24, despite racking up 15 kills. Coastal Carolina (4-11) was on fire offensively, hitting .395 for the game with 18 kills. The Chanticleers rallied from an early 13-8 deficit, by rattling off six straight points in the middle of the game to turn a 17-14 deficit into a 20-17 lead.

In game two, it was JU who fell behind early before rallying for the win, 30-28. The Dolphins trailed 12-8 early before getting six straight points of their own to take a 14-12 lead. The two teams traded points back and forth until JU scored the last two points of the game to break a tie at 28.

Game three saw the JU offense and defense come alive. The Dolphins piled up 17 kills and had a gaudy .366 hitting percentage while limiting Coastal Carolina to just 12 kills and .061 percentage. JU jumped out to a 10-3 lead and never looked back, picking up a 30-20 win.

In game four, JU used an 11-4 run to blow open a 15-13 game to seal the match with a 30-21 win. The JU defense was rock solid again, holding Coastal to just .102 hitting percentage, with Stevenique Richardson capping the match off with her ninth kill.

Eva Stoilova was the other Dolphin to post a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs. Two more Dolphins record double figures in digs with Shelley Walroth getting a match-high 17 and Petya Borisova adding 10.

Coastal Carolina had four players in double figures in kills with Nakia Thompson leading the team with 13. Five players had double figures in digs, led by Thompson and Kristin Rinne getting 17 apiece.

The Dolphins are back at home for the first time in three weeks on Friday night against future Atlantic Sun Conference rival Florida Gulf Coast. First serve is set for 5 p.m.