Volleyball drops 3-1 contest to Mercer
Freshman middle blocker Kylie Jacob finished with 12 kills, six blocks and a .529 (12-3-17) hitting percentage but the JU volleyball team fell to Mercer, 3-1 (25-19, 24-26, 15-25, 23-25), Saturday afternoon at the University Center.

JU (10-10, 2-2), which has dropped two straight matches, won the first set of the match for the second straight day but could not slow a Mercer (8-14, 2-2) offense which hit a match-high .273 including over .300 in two of the final three sets.

“This was not the weekend we were looking for,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “It’s disappointing to come home with two losses but we have to look at the tape, get back in the gym and make corrections. We will look to bounce back at home next weekend.”

Along with Jacob, senior outside hitter Brittany Lehman (12 kills, 12 digs), junior outside hitter Kathryn Kane (12 kills, 13 digs) and freshman setter Kendall Courtney (45 assists, 11 digs) each tallied double-doubles. Senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager added 10 kills, five digs and four blocks while junior libero Ashley August led the defense with 17 digs.

Libby Hansch led the Bears with 12 kills and five blocks while Amiee Frutchey tallied a double-double (11 kills, 12 digs). Krista Hurley added 11 kills and a .421 (11-3-19) hitting percentage while Charlotte Harris led the defense with 16 digs.

In the first set, JU took an early 4-0 lead on an ace by Courtney and then increased the margin to 7-1 on a kill by Kane. The Bears would cut the margin to within two (15-13) on a kill by Hansch but the Dolphins would end the set with a 10-6 run to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, both teams went through four ties until the Dolphins used a 6-2 run to take a 13-9 lead on an ace by August. JU increased the margin to 21-16 with a block by Jacob but the Bears used a 5-0 run, capped by a kill by Frutchey, to even the score (21-21). Both teams would battle through three more ties but the Bears got a kill by Anna Coursey and Frutchey to even the match, 1-1, heading into the break.

In the third set, Mercer took an 8-4 lead on a kill by Hansch and then increased the margin to 18-11 with an ace by Hurley. Mercer would cruise the rest of the way and end the set with a 4-0 run to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the final frame, Mercer jumped out to a 6-1 lead on a kill by Hansch but JU would slowly chip its way back to tie the contest (18-18) with a kill by Courtney. Both teams would go through five more ties (the last coming at 23-23) but consecutive hitting errors by the Dolphins would seal the match.

JU will continue A-Sun play at home next weekend beginning with ETSU on Friday at 7 p.m. The match can be followed through A-Sun.TV by logging onto