Volleyball set to wrap up regular season

Nov. 8, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville volleyball team is looking to ramp up one last winning streak as the Dolphins finish their regular season this week with matches against rivals North Florida and Stetson.

JU hosts UNF for "Senior Day" on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m., followed by a road trip on Friday to face Stetson at 7 p.m. The UNF match is key for the Dolphins to earn a split of the two matches in the SunTrust River City Rumble.

"The game against UNF is always special," said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. "They are a talented team and we are looking forward to another battle on Thursday night. Our goal right now is to finish strong as we head into the conference tournament next week."

The Dolphins are looking to bounce back after dropping two matches in Nashville to Atlantic Sun Conference frontrunners Belmont and Lipscomb.

JU lost to Lipscomb in five, with every game decided by two points, and Belmont in four, with the Dolphins having a lead in every game.

Jacksonville faced the top three teams in the A-Sun on the road, dropping all three matches, but had a chance to win all three as well.

"Although we didn't finish our conference season with a win, we did prove that we can beat anyone in the A-Sun," Kupferberg said. "Our team still hasn't played a match at our full potential, but we have been improving every week. If we can hit full stride next week it will be a fun weekend in Nashville."

The "Senior Day" festivities on Thursday will highlight the careers of JU's three seniors - Eva Stoilova, Stevenique Richardson and Petya Borisova. Stoilova and Borisova were mainstays on the 2004 A-Sun Championship team with Richardson coming on board and becoming a force the past two seasons.

"These three young ladies have given a lot to the program and it's going to be tough to fill their shoes after this season," Kupferberg said. "It's going to be very emotional for them on Thursday to play their final home match, but they are all such team players that they will be focused on winning."