Volleyball hits on all cylinders in 3-0 sweep over FAU
Sophomore middle blocker Alison Loeppky enjoyed her best match as a Dolphin by tallying 12 kills and a career-high .750 (12-0-16) hitting percentage to lead the JU volleyball team to a 3-0 win over FAU (25-23, 25-20, 25-14), Friday evening in the Courtyard at Marriott/UCF Classic at The Venue at UCF.

JU (3-6) enjoyed its first three set win of the 2010 season by hitting a match-high .283 while also tallying a season-high 15 service aces.

FAU (6-4) hit .212 in the contest but could not handle the Dolphins service while also committing six service errors.

“This is a glimpse of what our offense is capable of,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “It has been frustrating for a lot of us up to this point but it was rewarding to see all of our hard work translate in this match. Now our goal is to continue this level of play and not take a step back in the next match.”

Along with Loeppky, freshman middle blocker Alyssa Robertson added eight kills, a .583 (8-1-2) hitting percentage and three blocks. Senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager chipped in with seven kills, a .417 (7-2-12) hitting percentage, four service aces and two blocks. Senior outside hitter Brittany Lehman also finished with four kills, six digs and a career-high five service aces while senior defensive specialist Hannah Munneke led the defense with nine digs. Freshman setter Kendall Courtney paced the Dolphin offense with 34 assists while also adding four digs and three aces.

Kristyna Dzmuranova led the Owls with 12 kills while Anne Vaughan added eight kills. Christina Wallanger added seven kills, seven digs and five blocks.

In the first set, FAU jumped out to an early 4-1 lead on an ace by Dzmuranova but JU would answer with a 4-0 run to take a 5-4 advantage. Both teams would go through two more ties until the Owls used a 4-0 run, fueled by three kills by Dzmuranova, to take a 13-9 lead. The Dolphins would bounce back again with a 5-0 run, capped by an ace by senior outside hitter Brittany Lehman, to take an 18-16 lead. FAU evened the score (19-19) with a kill by Darija Sataric and both teams would go through two more ties until the Dolphins used a 3-1 run to end the set and take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second frame, JU jumped out to a 5-1 lead on a kill by junior outside hitter Kathryn Kane and then used an 8-2 run to open up a 13-3 advantage on a kill by Loeppky. JU increased the lead to 20-6 with a kill by Yeager but the Owls used a 9-0 run, capped by a kill by Wallinger, to cut the margin to 20-15. Both teams would trade points the rest of the way as a kill by Robertson gave JU a 2-0 lead into the break.

In the third set, the Dolphins took an early 9-2 lead on a block by Kane and Loeppky and then made it 15-6 with a kill by Loeppky. JU increased the margin to 17-7 after an attack error by Dzmuranova but FAU would use an 8-3 run to cut the deficit to 20-15. JU answered with a 2-0 run to make it 22-15 on a kill by Loeppky but the Owls used an 8-1 run to cut the deficit to 23-20. After a timeout, the Dolphins would end the match after kills by Loeppky and Robertson.

The Dolphins will face host UCF on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. to conclude the Courtyard/Marriott/UCF Classic. The match can be followed through GameTracker and video streaming by logging onto