After being swept on the road, the JU volleyball team (10-10, 2-2 A-Sun) will return home for four matches beginning with ETSU (16-6, 2-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium.
The Dolphins will end the weekend against USC Upstate (7-12, 1-2) on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Bucs split its home matches last weekend with a loss to Lipscomb (3-0) and a win over Belmont (3-2).
The Spartans were swept by the Bruins (3-0) and Bisons (3-1) at home last weekend.
Both matches this weekend will be available on ASun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com.
With a pair of losses in Georgia over the weekend, JU had its five-match winning streak snapped. It was also the first loss to Kennesaw State in program history and the first loss at Mercer since joining the A-Sun in 1998...the Dolphins’ seven true freshman in 2010 is the most on a roster since joining the A-Sun in 1998. The closest number was six during the 2003 season...JU played 14 matches away from Swisher Gymnasium to start the 2010 season. Its is the longest road stretch to start the season since joining the A-Sun in 1998.
With an infusion of youth, there is a necessary need for veteran leadership and you can look no further than senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager.
In her fourth year with the program, Yeager is finding her way into the JU career record books for her abilities at the net.
With two blocks vs. New Mexico on Sept. 18, Yeager surpassed Melissa Merchant (281, 2006-07) for second on the JU career list for blocks assists. She is now 48 shy of Danielle Neville’s (2002-05) program record of 353. She also moved into the top five in total career blocks with 315 and is two shy of surpassing Merchant (316) for fourth.
Offensively, Yeager is making her way into the top five in career kills and is 41 kills away from becoming the sixth Dolphin to reach 1,000. She is currently 48 kills away from surpassing Sara Bendorf (1,006 - 2006-08) for fifth on the all-time list.
Yeager currently ranks sixth in the A-Sun with a .296 hitting percentage and third with 0.40 service aces per set.
After a slow start to her 2010 freshman campaign, setter Kendall Courtney is developing into the field general for an improving Dolphin offense and is the fresh new face in the A-Sun.
Through her first five matches, Courtney registered 9.2 assists per set while the squad hit a combined .111.
In the next five matches, she tallied 8.4 assists per set but the squad increased its mark to .201.
In her next five matches, Courtney picked up the pace with 10.47 assists per set while the Dolphin offense increased their output to .240.
In her last five matches, she is racking up 11.2 assists per set and the JU offense is clicking to the tune of a .251 percentage.
With 715 assists thus far, the Houston native has current teammate Hannah Munneke’s single-season record (1,356) in her sights. She currently ranks fourth in the A-Sun with 9.8 assists per set.
Defensively, she has also increased her dig effort en route to a team-high four double-doubles. Courtney also leads JU with 37 service aces which ranks her first in the A-Sun with 0.51 aces per set.
Jacob stepping up
Freshman middle blocker Kylie Jacob has also had a slow start adjusting to the college game but has quickly turned a corner for the Dolphins.
By energy alone, Jacob came up big for JU in its 3-2 win over FGCU on Oct. 1 by racking up six kills, a .600 (6-0-10) hitting percentage and four blocks in less than two sets (four and five).
She did everything in her power to get things going for JU in Georgia by tallying a season-high 12 kills, a .529 (12-3-17) hitting percentage and six blocks against Mercer on Oct. 9.
The Fayettville, Ga. native is starting to register in the conference stats now that her playing time has increased. Jacob currently leads the A-Sun in hitting percentage (.378) while ranking second with 1.14 blocks per set.