FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010
Volleyball makes it three straight with sweep over FAU
Senior outside hitter Brittany Lehman finished with 12 kills and a .579 (12-1-19) hitting percentage to lead the JU volleyball team to a 3-0 win over FAU (26-24, 25-22, 25-15), Friday evening in the Hilton Garden Inn Tournament at The Corral.

JU (5-6), which ran its winning streak to three matches, swept FAU (6-6) for the second time in a week after tallying a match-high .274 hitting percentage, seven service aces and five blocks.

“It’s good to finally start a weekend with a win,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “We are starting to get some cohesiveness and now we have to focus on two tough opponents tomorrow.”

Along with Lehman, junior outside hitter Kathryn Kane tallied nine kills and 12 digs while senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager chipped in with eight kills, three aces and two blocks. Freshman setter Kendall Courtney paced the offense with 34 assists while junior libero Ashley August (13 digs) and sophomore middle blocker Alison Loeppky (four blocks) led the defense.

Georgia Robinson led the Owls with 10 kills while Christina Wallinger added eight kills. Cintia Nightingale led the defense with 11 digs.

In the first set, JU jumped out to an early 7-3 lead with a kill by Lehman and then increased the margin to 12-7 with a block by Kane and Loeppky. The Owls would rally to tie the contest (14-14) on a service error by the Dolphins and both teams would go through seven more ties. JU would take a 1-0 lead in the contest after a kill by Lehman and an attack error by Anne Vaughan.

In the second frame, the Dolphins took a 7-3 lead after an attack error by Wallinger and then increased the margin to 13-7 with a kill by Yeager. The Owls would cut the deficit to two points on eight occasions (the last coming at 24-22) but a kill by Kane would give the Dolphins a 2-0 advantage heading into the break.

In the third set, JU jumped out to a 9-3 lead on a kill by Loeppky and then used a 5-0 run to increase the margin to 14-5. The Dolphins increased the lead to 20-10 after an attack error by Kristyna Kzumuranova and would cruise the rest of the way to seal the match.

The Dolphins will next face New Mexico on Saturday at 11 a.m. The match can be followed through GameTracker and video streaming by logging onto JUDophins.com.