Volleyball falls in five to Lipscomb

Nov. 3, 2006

Final Stats

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Eva Stoilova made history on Friday night as she became the second player in JU history to record 1,000 kills and digs in her career.

But her 16 kills and career-high 33 digs were not enough as the JU volleyball team fell to Lipscomb, 3-2, in Atlantic Sun Conference play. The loss knocked the Dolphins out of contention for a first-round bye in the conference tournament.

Stevenique Richardson recorded a team-high 18 kills to lead three Dolphins in double figures. Richardson also had seven blocks, including four solos, to lead JU as well.

All five games were decided by two points. JU won game one 31-29, before Lipscomb took game two, 35-33. The Bisons outlasted the Dolphins 30-28 in game three before JU forced the final game with a 31-29 win. Lipscomb took the final game, 15-13, to win the match.

"This was such a close match that one or two plays go our way, we come out on top," said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. "We had our opportunities to win, but we came up short. This was a great match tonight and we just came out on the short end."

Stoilova joined Julie Heipp as the only Dolphin to record 1,000 kills and digs in their career. Stoilova stands in the top five in JU's record book in both kills and digs.

"This is a tremendous milestone for Eva to reach, I just wish it could have won the match," Kupferberg said. "And I think Eva would too. She's such a competitor and it showed tonight in her play."

Game one saw Lipscomb jump out to a four-point lead early and trailed 24-19 late in the game before deadlocking the game at 27. With the game tied at 29, JU got a kill by Melissa Merchant and an attack error by a Bison to come away with a 31-29 win.

The second game saw JU jump out to an early three-point lead and eventually pushing it to a 19-14 lead. The Bisons answered with a run of their own, tying the game at 25. JU fought off three game points and had a game point of its own before Lipscomb was able to come away with a 35-33 win.

Game three saw JU jump out to a 20-14 lead before the Bisons rallied to tie the game at 25. The Dolphins held a 28-27 lead before Lipscomb scored the final three points to take a 2-1 lead courtesy of a 30-28 win.

The heartbreak went to Lipscomb in game four as the Bisons took an early four-point lead before JU was able to tie the game. The two teams traded the lead back and forth before the Dolphins ran off three straight to take a 21-18 lead.

Lipscomb came right back with five straight points to take a 23-21 advantage. With the Bisons clinging to a 29-28 lead, JU fought off match point and scored the final three points to force a fifth game with a 31-29 win.

The fifth game was a see-saw affair as both teams had the lead but couldn't build off of it. With the game tied at 12, Lipscomb put together two straight points to take a 14-12 lead. The Dolphins fought off one game point but couldn't fight off another as the Bisons took the match with a 15-13 win.

Joining Richardson and Stoilova in double figures was Merchant with 13 kills and five blocks while Petya Borisova added 12 kills and 17 digs. Shelley Walroth had 22 digs with Katie Hendrian getting 19 as well. Una Dzalba dished out a season-high 58 assists while getting 14 digs.

Lindsey Rutherford and Jessice Enderle led the Bisons with 20 kills apiece, Rutherford getting 25 digs in the match. Ann Mullins got 32 digs while setter Samantha Sullivan dished out 69 assists.

JU wraps up its A-Sun schedule on Saturday against Belmont. First serve is set for 3 p.m. (EST).