Volleyball falls to Clemson, 3-0, in season opener
Freshman outside hitter Alyssa Robertson notched a team-high eight kills, five blocks and a .333 hitting percentage (8-2-18) but the JU volleyball team fell to host Clemson, 3-0 (16-25, 21-25, 16-25), Friday evening in the Big Orange Bash at Jervey Gymnasium.

JU (0-1) hit a match-low .025 as the young Dolphins squad finished with a team-high .068 in the second frame. Clemson (1-0) finished .263 overall while finishing with a match-high 10 blocks.

“We know we have a young team and this was our first test,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “Now that we have the first match out of the way, we can assess how we played and start to make adjustments.”

Along with Robertson, freshman outside hitter Taylor Nyquist added seven kills and six digs while junior libero Ashley August led the defense with 14 digs.

Sandra Adeleye led the Tigers with a match-high 10 kills and a .533 (10-2-15) hitting percentage. Serenat Yaz added nine kills and 12 digs while Moneshia Simmons chipped in with nine kilsl and 10 digs. Cansu Ozdemir added a match-high 18 digs while Brooke Kohler notched a match-high six blocks.

In the first set, JU took a 5-3 lead on a kill by senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager but the Tigers would use an 8-0 run to open an 11-5 advantage. Clemson increased the margin to 19-9 on a block by Brooke Kohler and Yaz but the Dolphins would cut the margin to 22-16 with a kill by Nyquist. The Tigers would end the set with a 3-0 run to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second frame, JU opened a 7-4 lead on a kill by Robertson but the Tigers used a 3-0 to even the score, 7-7. Both teams would go through eight more ties until Clemson took a 17-15 lead on an ace by Lacy Hayes. The Tigers increased the margin to 21-17 after an attack error by the Dolphins but JU would pull to within 23-21 after an attack error by Yaz. The Tigers would end the set with a 2-0 run to take a 2-0 advantage heading into the break.

In the final frame, both teams went through four ties until the Tigers used a 4-0 run to open up an 8-4 advantage. Clemson opened up a 14-7 advantage on a kill by Moneshia Simmons before taking a 19-11 lead after an attack error by the Dolphins. Both teams would trade points the rest of the way until a kill by Koehler ended the match.

JU will return to action tomorrow as the Dolphins face Albany at 10 a.m. before ending the Big Orange Bash against Tennessee Tech at 4 p.m. Both matches can be followed through GameTracker by logging onto