Volleyball falls to Baylor, 3-0, to open Courtyard by Marriott/UCF Classic
The Dolphins saw flashes of potential to open their third weekend of tournament play but consistency was the downfall as the JU volleyball team fell to Sweet 16 participant Baylor 3-0 (16-25, 13-25, 18-25), Friday morning in the Courtyard at Marriott/UCF Classic at The Venue at UCF.

JU (2-6) hit only .084 in the contest as two players finished above .300 while the squad combined for 15 attack errors. The Dolphins were within striking distance in each set but see-saw runs ended on the wrong end for JU to conclude each frame.

BU (5-3) finished with a blistering .440 in the match as no one on the squad finished below .300 individually. The only blemish for the Bears in the contest was 10 service errors, which was a match high.

“We knew coming in that Baylor was going to be a tough match,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “You don’t regularly advance in the NCAA Tournament unless you are a proven program. We are a young team and we got a chance to see how a top program plays with consistency.”

Freshman setter Kendall Courtney led the Dolphins with five kills, a .541 (5-1-7) hitting percentage, 14 assists and two aces. Senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager added four kills and a .333 (4-1-9) hitting percentage. Senior defensive specialist Hannah Munneke led the defense with 10 digs.

Torri Campbell led the Bears with a match-high 15 kills, a .500 (15-3-24) hitting percentage and four blocks. Allison King (eight kills) and Caitlyn Trice each led the defense with 11 digs.

In the first set, both teams went through five ties early on until the Bears used an 11-1 run to open up a 16-6 advantage on a kill by Ashlie Christenson. JU would counter with a 12-4 run to pull within four points (20-16), after a pair of aces by freshman outside hitter Taylor Nyquist, but BU would end the set on a 5-0 run to take a 1-0 lead.

In the second frame, the Bears jumped out to an early 4-1 lead after an attack error by the Dolphins. BU would then use a 9-2 run, capped by another JU attack error, to make it 13-3. The Dolphins would answer back with a 10-3 run, capped by a kill by Nyquist, to pull to within 16-13 but the Bears would quickly counter with a 9-0 run to end the frame and take a 2-0 lead into the break.

In the third set, both teams battled through seven ties until the Bears used a 7-0 run to open up a 15-8 advantage on a kill by Campbell. The Dolphins would pull to within five points (20-15) with a kill by Courtney but both teams would trade points the rest of the way as a kill by Ashley Byrd would end the match.

The Dolphins will await FAU at 5:30 p.m. to continue the Courtyard/Marriott/UCF Classic. The match can be followed through GameTracker by logging onto