Volleyball drops 3-0 contest to Albany
Junior outside hitter Kathryn Kane notched a team-high eight kills and added nine digs but the JU volleyball team continued its offensive struggles in a 3-0 (22-25, 16-25, 19-25) loss to Albany, Saturday morning in the second day of the Big Orange Bash at Jervey Gymnasium.

JU (0-2) hit a match-low .096 as the young Dolphins squad finished with a team-high .162 in the second frame. Albany (2-0) finished .267 overall while finishing with a match-high nine blocks and six aces.

“We are trying to find some consistency on offense right now,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “We are doing some good things on the court but we are trying to get everyone clicking at the same time. We have one more match this afternoon to try and leave here on a positive note.”

Along with Kane, senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager added seven kills while junior libero Ashley August led the defense with 10 digs.

Casey Wright led Albany with 13 kills, a .600 (13-1-20) hitting percentage and six blocks. Teresa Coppiellie added eight kills and 11 blocks while Laurie Gonzalez led the defense with a match-high 24 digs.

In the first set, JU took a 4-1 lead after a serving error by Kaley Jacobson but Albany would even the contest, 7-7, on a kill by Coppiellie. Both teams would go through three more ties until the Dolphins used a 3-0 run, capped by a kill by sophomore middle blocker Alison Loeppky, to take a 14-11 advantage. The Dolphins increased the mark to 17-12 on an attack error by Traci Vandegrift but Albany used a 7-1 run to take a 19-18 lead after an attack error by the Dolphins. An attack error by Gabbie Whitworth even the score, 19-19, but Albany would use a 6-3 run to end the frame and take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second frame, JU opened a 4-1 lead on a kill by Kane but Albany would even the score, 4-4, on a block by Jacobson and Wright. Both teams would go through six more ties until Albany used a 5-1 run to take a 16-12 lead. Albany increased the margin to 20-14 after an attack error by the Dolphins and would use a 9-4 run to take a 2-0 lead into the break.

In the final frame, JU took an early 2-0 lead but Albany would answer with a 4-0 run to take a 4-2 lead. Albany increased the margin to 9-5 with a block by Vandegrift and Whitworth before using a 6-2 run to increase the margin to 15-7. Both teams would trade points until a kill by Dunja Prgomet gave Albany a 21-12 lead. The Dolphins would get no closer than five points for the remainder of the set until a kill by Wright ended the match.

JU will return end the Big Orange Bash against Tennessee Tech at 4 p.m. The match can be followed through GameTracker by logging onto