The postseason starts now for the Dolphins as the JU volleyball team (13-14, 3-5 A-Sun) will host Campbell (10-15, 4-4) at Swisher Gymnasium in a pivotal match on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Camels, who currently sit in front of the Dolphins for the final spot for the A-Sun Tournament, recently snapped a three-match losing streak in conference play with a 3-2 home win over Mercer (3-2).
The contest will also be the home finale for seniors Brittany Lehman, Hannah Munneke and Aidan Yeager as the Dolphins honor the trio for Senior Night.
The match will be available on ASun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com.
With two losses in Nashville, the Dolphins fell to 4-6 all-time in the Music City since Lipscomb joined the A-Sun in 2002. It was also the second time JU lost both matches on the road since 2006...by rallying for a 3-2 win over UNF, the Dolphins increased their record to 4-2 in five set matches...with a 3-1 win over USC Upstate, the Dolphins snapped a three-match losing streak in conference play. It marked the longest losing streak in conference play since head coach Shaun Kupferberg’s first season with the program (2006)...with a pair of losses in Georgia, 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 freshmen 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. It’s the longest road stretch to start the season since joining the A-Sun in 1998.
A-Sun Tournament field taking shape
With two matches remaining in the 2010 regular season for JU, three of the six spots have been claimed thus far and the Dolphins need to win out in decisive fashion to get an opportunity to play in Fort Meyers, Fla.
Lipscomb (7-0), ETSU (6-1) and Kennesaw State (6-1) each punched its ticket for the postseason.
Belmont (5-2), Mercer (4-3) and Campbell (4-4) sit in the final three spots thus far while JU (3-5) and FGCU (2-5) are on the outside looking in.
The Dolphins’ first step in the equation is getting wins vs. Campbell (Nov. 5) and at UNF (11/12) to at least guarantee a chance at a postseason bid. With a probable three way tie for the final two spots with the Bears, Camels and Dolphins, JU will have to let the tiebreaker situation run its course from there.
Yeager bombs into more history
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 32 shy of Danielle Neville’s (2002-05) program record of 353.
She also moved into the top three in total career blocks with 331 - surpassing Merchant (316) for fourth with three blocks against ETSU on Oct. 15 and Ruth Terry (330, 1990-92) for fourth with a block at Lipscomb on Oct. 30. She now needs 46 more blocks to pass Gisela Anderson (376, 1986-89) to move into second.
Offensively, Yeager passed another milestone by becoming the sixth Dolphin to reach 1,000 career kills with 10 against Seattle on Oct. 22. She passed Sara Bendorf (1,006 - 2006-08) for fifth on the all-time list with six kills at Belmont on Oct. 29 and now needs 87 kills to move past Eva Stoilova (1,103, 2003-06) for fourth.
Yeager currently ranks eighth in the A-Sun with 0.33 aces per set and a .271 hitting percentage.
Lehman hitting her stride
One of the players flying under the radar throughout her four-year career has been senior outside hitter /middle blocker Brittany Lehman.
Due to her versatility, the Colleyville, Texas native has never had a niche in the program but her numbers have been rounding out nicely in recent weeks.
Since returning to the starting lineup on a regular basis on Oct. 8, Lehman has produced four double-double efforts while leading the squad with 89 kills and 2.87 kills per set.
Lehman currently ranks second on the squad with 2.46 kills per set and third with 202 kills.