FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2006
Volleyball knocks off Stetson in three
Oct. 20, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A little blocking and a little offense can go a long way in a volleyball match.
The Jacksonville volleyball team did a littel of both in a big way on Friday night, racking up 56 kills and 16 blocks to lead the Dolphins to a 3-0 win over Stetson in Atlantic Sun Conference play.
The Dolphins (10-11, 2-2 A-Sun) got three players in double figures in kills and two players get double-doubles in the win. Eva Stoilova recorded a match-leading 16 kills while Stevenique Richardson had 13 kills and 10 blocks for a double-double.
"Tonight we played a complete match," said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. "We did a good job of executing on offense, getting in place for our blocks and making digs. Hopefully we use this as a springboard for bigger and better things tomorrow."
For the match, the Dolphins had a .460 hitting percentage in getting their 56 kills. Defensively, JU held the Hatters (5-15, 0-5 A-Sun) to a .093 hitting percentage and just 31 kills.
The Dolphins won game one, 30-22, with a solid array of offense and defense. JU had 19 kills, hitting .378 for the game, while racking up seven total blocks, with Richardson getting five. JU took an 18-9 lead before Stetson rallied to cut it to four, 22-18, before the Dolphins stormed back to win the game.
JU came right back with a 30-18 win in game two, rallying from a 4-0 deficit. After falling behind early, the Dolphins scored 11 straight points to turn a 10-5 deficit into a 16-10 lead. JU's offense was on a roll in the game, hitting .548 for the game, with Stoilova getting six kills and Richardson getting five.
The JU defense was solid once again, holding Stetson to a .029 percentage and just nine kills while getting five blocks.
In game three, JU closed the match out in style with a 30-26 win. With the game tied at nine, the Dolphins opened up a 15-11 lead and never looked back, cruising to the win. JU's got a solid effort on both sides of the net again, hitting .469 with 18 kills while racking up four more blocks.
Stetson was led by Sarah Sears and Beth Slabaugh, who had seven kills apiece.
The Dolphins are back in action again on Saturday against A-Sun rival Mercer. First serve is set for 3 p.m.