Volleyball falls in four to UNF

Nov. 9, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The rematch of the SunTrust River City Rumble was an offensive shootout as North Florida took a 3-1 win over the Jacksonville volleyball team on Thursday night.

The Dolphins (14-14) dropped their third straight match despite having four players in double figures - led by a trio of seniors playing their final home match - Eva Stoilova, Stevenique Richardson and Petya Borisova.

Stoilova and Richardson had 16 kills apiece while Borisova had 14. Katie Hendrian added 12 kills to help JU record 66 kills in the four games - hitting .205 for the match.

The defense was led by Shelley Walroth's 26 digs, which broke the school record for most digs in a season. Walroth's total of 484 for the season puts her 19 past former record holder Terri Hallenbeck.

"Our offense was solid tonight," said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. "Our defense got a lot of digs, but we didn't have control on those passes and didn't have as many chances as we needed. UNF was able to take advantage of those opportunities."

JU dropped game one, 30-28, after trailing 27-22 late in the game and racking up 19 kills and hitting .304 for the game. JU was able to fight off only one game point before the Ospreys took the 1-0 lead.

Game two saw UNF become more efficient on offense, hitting .351 for the game for 17 kills. With the game tied at 25, UNF got five of the final seven points to take a 2-0 lead, 30-27.

The third game was more of a grudge match as both teams struggled on offense. Both teams committed 10 attack errors, with JU winning the battle of the kills 17-14, which was the difference in a 30-28 win to force a fourth game.

But UNF came out in game four and pounded out 22 kills, hitting .347 for the game and never really gave JU a chance. The Ospreys opened an 11-7 lead, pushed it to five, 21-16, and never looked back, icing the match 30-21.

Amy Stroder led the UNF offense with 20 kills and 13 digs while Maegan Wisert had 17 kills and 18 digs. Magen Wood had 12 kills and a team-high eight blocks.

Hendrian, Stoilova and Borisova all had double-doubles for JU, with each recording double figures in digs. Melissa Merchant had seven blocks while Una Dzalba dished out 55 assists.

The Dolphins wrap up their regular season on Friday at Stetson. First serve is set for 7 p.m.