Volleyball falls at home to Florida Gulf Coast, 3-0

Sept. 29, 2006

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville volleyball team's return home was not a pleasant one.

Future Atlantic Sun Conference foe Florida Gulf Coast rained on JU's first home game in a month, knocking off the Dolphins 3-0 on Friday night at Swisher Gymnasium.

The Eagles were led by a match-17 kills from Brooke Youngquist. The Dolphins were led by Sara Bendorf and Stevenique Richardson - who both had nine kills apiece.

"We just couldn't get on track offensively the way we had the past few matches," said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. "This was not indicative of how we have played the past few weeks. We've got to become more consistent offensively and defensively every night and we weren't tonight."

The Dolphins (7-9) dropped game one, 30-27, after bouncing back from an 11-1 run midway through the game that turned a 7-3 JU lead into a 14-8 deficit. The Dolphins answered with a run of their own to tie the game at 17, capped off by a triple block from Katie Hendrian, Una Dzalba and Bendorf.

The two teams traded the lead several back and forth until the Eagles ran off the last three points with the score tied at 27 to take the opening game.

The second game turned into a see-saw affair, with both teams taking the lead at various points before JU surged ahead 23-20. The Eagles came back with an answer, scoring the next six points to take a 26-23 lead on their way to a 30-27 win and a 2-0 lead.

Florida Gulf Coast opened the third game with a 5-0 run and never looked back, taking the match with a 30-18 win. After getting just six kills in the second game, the Dolphins offense regained some of its form with 13 kills, but JU hit only .116 for the game.

Una Dzalba led JU with 20 assists while Shelley Walroth had a match-high 13 digs.

The Eagles (14-2) got 11 kills apiece from Heather Van Olst and Ericka Fonseca while setter Chandra Ginest dished out 39 assists.

The Dolphins are back in action again on Saturday as they face Bethune-Cookman. First serve is set for 3:30 p.m.