Volleyball handles Gardner-Webb, 3-1

Oct. 28, 2006

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Four Dolphins were in double figures in kills, led by Eva Stoilova's 15, as the Jacksonville volleyball team picked up a 3-1 win over Gardner-Webb to extend its winning streak to five straight on Saturday in Atlantic Sun Conference play.

Stoilova's 15 kills moved her into fourth place on the school's all-time kills as she passed the 1,000-kill mark. Her 15 digs for the double-double move her within 16 digs of becoming the second player in school history to record 1,000 kills and digs in their career.

"We came out focused and ready to play today, except for game three," said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. "Our offense really stepped up for us today and we did a better job on defense as the match went along."

Joining Stoilova with a double-double was Petya Borisova, who had 13 kills and 10 digs. Melissa Merchant added 14 kills to go along with four blocks while Stevenique Richardson had 12 kills and four blocks. Setter Una Dzalba dished out 54 assists.

Gardner-Webb (11-17, 3-5 A-Sun) got 23 kills from Audra Harrison and 20 kills from Ashley Pridgeon. Regina Feagin had 59 assists while Harrison had 13 digs for the double-double.

Neither team was able to get an edge early, as both squads took a three-point lead at various points in the game and were unable to hold them. With the game tied at 28, JU got back-to-back kills from Merchant to finish off the game, 30-28. The Dolphins racked up 20 kills and were efficient, hitting .293 for the game.

Game two turned into a carbon copy of the first game as the two teams traded the lead back and forth. The Bulldogs made one big run, turning a 21-18 deficit into a 22-21 lead.

The two teams would remain deadlocked until JU broke a tie at 23 with four straight points and eventually held a 29-24 lead. The Bulldogs fought off four straight game points before JU finally finished the game to take a commanding 2-0 lead, 30-28.

The JU offense was once again a bright spot as the Dolphins hit .394 for the game and had 17 kills in the game, with Stoilova and Richardson getting four apiece in the game.

Game three saw the Bulldogs blow open a tie at five by scoring seven straight points to take a 12-5 lead. The Dolphins chipped away at the deficit, eventually tying the game at 19.

With the game tied at 23, Gardner-Webb scored four straight points to take a 27-23 lead. The Dolphins cut the lead to two, staving off two game points before falling 30-27.

The Dolphins came back for game four with a force, opening a 10-5 lead early and never looking back to ice the match with a 30-18.

JU returns to the road as they wrap up the A-Sun schedule with a first-round bye in the A-Sun Championship on the line against Belmont and Lipscomb.