Volleyball handles Florida A&M, 3-0
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After 14 road matches to start the 2010 season, the Dolphins enjoyed some home cooking as senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager tallied a match-high 11 kills, a .526 (11-1-19) hitting percentage and four blocks to lead the JU volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-12, 25-17) win over Florida A&M, Friday evening at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (7-8) cruised in its home opener after tallying a blistering .410 (42-8-83) hitting percentage while notching a match-high seven blocks to help hold FAMU (0-11) to a .074 percentage.

“It was nice to finally be home,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “We got to play in front of some friendly faces and we have been missing that so far this year. We played well tonight and I’m looking for us to keep this momentum going.”

Along with Yeager, junior outside hitter Kathryn Kane added 10 kills, a season-high .409 (10-1-22) hitting percentage, five digs and three aces. Freshman setter Kendall Courtney paced the offense with 37 assists while adding six digs and two blocks. Junior libero Ashley August (14 digs) and freshman middle blocker Alyssa Robertson (five blocks) led the defense for JU.

Maria Ceccarelli led the Rattlers with 10 kills while Pamela Barrera added six kills. Susan Egoavil led the defense with 13 digs.

In the first set, both teams battled through 11 ties (the last coming at 16-16) until JU used a 5-0 run to open up a 21-16 advantage. The Rattlers would cut the deficit to 22-21 after an attack error by the Dolphins but JU would answer with a 3-0 run to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second frame, JU jumped out to an early 7-1 lead on an ace by Kane and then extended the advantage to 12-5 after an attack error by Ashley Johnson. JU made it 15-6 after a ball handling error by Jessica Bond and then used a 4-0 run to make it 19-7 with another ace by Kane. Both teams would trade points the rest of the way until a kill by freshman outside hitter Jenell Larsen gave JU a 2-0 lead heading into the break.

In the third set, the Dolphins took an early 8-3 lead on a kill by senior outside hitter Brittany Lehman and then increased the margin to 12-6 after an attack error by Ceccarelli. The Dolphins would cruise the rest of the way until an ace by August sealed the match for JU.

The Dolphins will end their week with a non-conference match at Stetson on Saturday at 3 p.m.