Volleyball blanks Stetson, 3-0
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Junior outside hitter Kathryn Kane kept things rolling for the Dolphins with a match-high 11 kills to lead the JU volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-14) win over Stetson, Saturday evening at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (10-8, 2-0), which won its fifth straight match, hit a match-high .352 while adding 12 aces and six blocks.

SU (1-17, 0-3) finished with a .038 hitting percentage while committing 19 errors (12 receiving, three serving, three blocking, one ball handling).

“We finished off a successful week,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “It’s good for us to gain some momentum and now we are looking for a tough match on the road against Kennesaw State.”

Along with Kane, senior outside hitter Brittany Lehman added seven kills while senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager (five blocks) and sophomore middle blocker Alison Loeppky each chipped in six kills. Freshman setter Kendall Courtney paced the offense with 34 assists while adding six aces and five digs. Junior libero Ashley August led the defense with 12 digs.

Kaylee Ream led the Hatters with five kills and six digs while Kaley Melville led the defense with nine digs.

In the first set, both teams went through seven ties (the last coming at 10-10) until JU used a 16-2 run to end the frame and take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, both teams went through three ties until JU used a 2-0 run to take a 6-4 advantage on a kill by Lehman. The Dolphins increased the mark to 12-8 with an ace by Kane before using a 6-3 run to make it 18-11 with a block by Yeager and Loeppky. Both teams would trade points the rest of the way until a kill by Kane gave JU a 2-0 lead heading into the break.

In the final frame, both teams went through five ties until the Dolphins used a 4-0 run to take a 10-6 advantage after an attack error by Melville. JU increased the lead to 12-7 with a kill by Kane before using a 6-0 run, capped by an ace by Courtney, to make it 18-8. JU would cruise the rest of the way before sealing the match with a kill by sophomore outside hitter Alliya Drzewiecki.

The Dolphins will continue A-Sun play in Georgia next weekend beginning with Kennesaw State on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.