FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 03, 2010
Volleyball ready for Sacred Heart Tournament
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After ending its opening weekend with its first win of the 2010 campaign, the JU volleyball team continues tournament play this weekend at the Sacred Heart University Tournament in Fairfield, Conn. The Dolphins will open the event on Friday at 4 p.m. in the Pitt Center against Dartmouth and then ending the day against Binghamton at 6 p.m. JU will end the weekend on Saturday against host Sacred Heart (9 a.m.) and Lehigh (11 a.m.). Dartmouth is playing in its first contest of 2010 after finishing last season with an 11-13 mark and a fifth place finish in the Ivy League. Binghamton opened its season with an 0-3 record after competing in the Rocket Volleyball Classic in Toledo, Ohio. Sacred Heart is trying to bounce back from an 0-3 start to the season after playing in the Long Beach State Baden Classic in California. Lehigh went 3-1 at the Courtyard By Marriott Invitational last weekend in Pittsburgh, Pa. Limited video coverage can be viewed during the Sacred Heart match on Saturday while each contest can be viewed through LiveStats by going to JUDolphins.com.

Dolphin notables
Freshman middle blocker Alyssa Robertson had a good start to her JU career by being named to the Big Orange Bash all-Tournament team after posting 24 kills, 2.18 kps, a .327 (24-8-49) hitting percentage and nine blocks in three matches...sophomore outside hitter Alliya Drzewiecki has also enjoyed a hot start to 2010 by tallying a career-high 13 kills in the win over Tennessee Tech...JU kept up its winning record in five set matches (3-1 in 2009) by defeating Tennessee Tech, 3-2, in its first five set match in 2010.

Youth movement
Not only is the JU roster filled with seven true freshmen in 2010, but some of them are finding themselves in the starting lineup. After the first weekend in the Big Orange Bash, setter Kendall Courtney, middle blocker Alyssa Robertson, and outside hitter Taylor Nyquist were all in the starting lineup during the weekend while outside hitter Niatha Cullen got some significant playing time in the win over Tennessee Tech. Robertson and Courtney are making the biggest impacts thus far as Robertson was named to the Big Orange Bash all-tournament team while Courtney has taken over setting duties from senior Hannah Munneke (defensive specialist) and junior Ashley August (libero).