Volleyball falls in A-Sun title game to Belmont

Nov. 18, 2006

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Jacksonville volleyball team's Cinderella run to the Atlantic Sun Championship game ended on Saturday afternoon as Belmont took a 3-0 win to claim the A-Sun title and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The Dolphins (17-15) were looking to avenge their loss to the Bruins in the regular season after getting revenge last night against ETSU. Instead, Belmont's offense came out gunning and took control of the match early.

JU was led by Eva Stoilova's nine kills, with Stoilova and Shelley Walroth getting nine digs each. Melissa Merchant had six blocks to go with her four kills.

"You have to credit to Belmont, they played really well today and deserve the title," said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. "We just never were in sync today. We had a good season and we've got some pieces in place to be in this position again for the next few years."

Belmont took game one, 30-22, racking up 18 kills. JU had 14 kills and hit .243 for the game, but saw a 10-8 deficit balloon to 17-10 and the Dolphins were unable to recover.

The second game was a battle of runs. With JU leading 9-7, Belmont struck for 12 straight points to take a 19-9 lead. The Dolphins were able to rally, cutting the lead back to one, 23-22, capped off by two straight Belmont attack errors.

Belmont wasn't to be denied the game though, scoring seven of the final nine points to take a commanding 2-0 lead, 30-24.

The Bruins came out for game three and took off, scoring the first five points before taking a 10-3 lead and pushed the lead to 19-4 before sealing the match and the championship, 30-11.

JU's offense struggled in the final game, hitting -.194 after only getting five kills. Una Dzalba dished out 26 assists in directing the JU offense.

Belmont got 14 kills from Cat Mundy and 11 from Emily Cahill. Colleen Nilson dished out 45 assists.