Volleyball advanced to A-Sun semifinals with 3-1 win

Nov. 17, 2006

Box Score

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After a slow start, the JU volleyball team got on a roll, cruising past Gardner-Webb in the first round of the 2006 Atlantic Sun Championship, 3-1.

The Dolphins (16-14) advanced to face top-seeded ETSU in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. EST for the right to play for the title and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Four players recorded double figures in kills, with three getting double-doubles. Katie Hendrian and Petya Borisova led the team with 14 kills apiece, with Hendrian getting 16 digs and Borisova getting 15. Eva Stoilova had 13 kills and 10 digs to round out the double-doubles.

"Any win in the postseason is a good win," said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. "We got off to a slow start, but we started to put it together late in the first game and got on a roll from there."

JU's slow start came courtesy of a 30-27 loss in game one. With the game tied at 26, Gardner-Webb recorded four of the final five points to take the game. The Bulldogs capitalized on their strong offensive performance, hitting .406 for the game.

Game two was all JU as the Dolphins routed Gardner-Webb, 30-15. JU piled up an impressive .455 hitting percentage while holding the Bulldogs to just seven kills while forcing 10 errors.

Games three and four were more of the same as JU sealed the match with wins of 30-20 and 30-23 respectively. The Dolphins piled up 16 kills in each game and held the Bulldogs to less than .130 hitting in each game to advance to the semis.

Stevenique Richardson, a second-team all-conference selection, lived up to her billing with 12 kills and six blocks for JU. Una Dzalba dished out 49 assists while Shelley Walroth picked up 20 digs.

Ashley Pridgeon led the Bulldogs with 16 kills and 11 digs in the loss.