SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010
Volleyball ends with 3-2 loss to host USF
Junior outside hitter Kathryn Kane finished with 13 kills and freshman setter Kendall Courtney posted a double-double but the JU volleyball team fell to host USF, 3-2 (18-25, 25-19, 14-25, 26-24, 11-15), Saturday evening in the Hilton Garden Inn Tournament at The Corral.

JU (5-8), which dropped its first five-set contest of the season, hit .129 in the match (including over .300 in the first two sets) but hit in the negative bracket in two of the final three frames. The Dolphins did post a match-high 15 service aces.

USF (7-5) hit .270 while registering a match-high eight team blocks while taking advantage of 12 JU service errors.

Senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager and sophomore middle blocker Alison Loeppky were each named to the all-tournament team.

“Overall, this was a good weekend for us,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “We knew this last match would be a battle and unfortunately, we came out on the bad end of it. Our goal was to continue improving each week and thus far we have accomplished that.”

Along with Kane, Yeager (four service aces), senior outside hitter Brittany Lehman and freshman middle blocker Alyssa Robertson (four blocks, three service aces) each added nine kills. Courtney tallied 39 assists, 11 digs and five service aces while junior libero Ashley August led the defense with 15 digs.

J’beria Davis posted 14 kills and 10 digs for the Bulls while Kayla Walton added 14 kills and a .333 (14-4-30) hitting percentage. Mariana Thon tallied 43 assists, 10 digs and seven kills while And Rodriguez Gomez (four blocks) and Janice Rivera (22 digs) led the defense.

In the first set, JU jumped out to an early 6-1 lead on a block by Lehman and Robertson but the Bulls would rally to tie the score (9-9) with a kill by Davis. USF would take control of the set by using an 11-2 run to make it 20-11 on an ace by Davis. Both teams would trade points the rest of the way as the Bulls took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second frame, both teams went through four early ties until the Dolphins used a 3-0 run to take a 9-6 advantage on a kill by Courtney. The Bulls would even the score (11-11) with a block by Davis but JU would use a 7-2 run to take an 18-13 advantage. JU would increase the lead to 21-14 with an ace by Yeager but the Bulls would cut the margin to 22-19 with a kill by Davis. JU would even the match, 1-1, heading into the break by ending with a 3-0 run.

In the third set, both teams would go through five ties until the Bulls used a 6-2 run to open up a 12-8 advantage. The Bulls would increase the margin to 21-11 with a 9-3 run, capped by a kill by Erika Devaughn, and both teams would trade points the rest of the way as USF took a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth frame, USF would jump out to a 5-1 lead on a block by Rodriguez Gomez and Kayla Walton but the Dolphins would even the score (8-8) with an ace by Yeager. Both teams would go through three more ties until JU used a 3-0 run to take a 14-11 lead on a kill by Yeager. The Dolphins would increase the margin to 19-15 with a kill by Lehman but the Bulls would even the score (19-19) after an attack error by the Dolphins. Both teams would go through two more ties (the last coming at 24-24) until JU got a block by Lehman and Robertson and an ace by sophomore outside hitter Alliya Drzewiecki to even the match, 2-2.

In the final frame, both teams battled through five ties (the last being 7-7) but the Bulls would take control of the set by using a 7-1 run to take a 14-8 advantage. JU would rally with a 3-0 run but USF would seal the match with a kill by Davis.

The Dolphins will next travel to Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m.