After snapping a three-match losing streak, the JU volleyball team (11-11, 3-3 A-Sun) will host two non-conference matches this week beginning with cross-town rival UNF (5-16, 2-4) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the first installment of the SunTrust River City Rumble.
The Dolphins will end the weekend against Seattle (10-12) on Friday at 6 p.m.
The Lady Ospreys split its home matches last weekend with a win over USC Upstate (3-1) and a loss to ETSU (3-0).
The Redhawks, who open the week against UNF, split their matches last weekend as well with a 3-0 loss at San Diego State and a 3-0 home win over Montana State.
Both matches this weekend will be available on ASun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com.
With a 3-1 win over 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 freshman 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. Its is the longest road stretch to start the season since joining the A-Sun in 1998.
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 41 shy of Danielle Neville’s (2002-05) program record of 353. She also moved into the top five in total career blocks with 321 and surpassed Merchant (316) for fourth with three blocks against ETSU on Oct. 15. Yeager is now 10 shy of passing Ruth Terry (330, 1990-92) for third.
Offensively, Yeager is making her way into the top five in career kills and is 16 kills away from becoming the sixth Dolphin to reach 1,000. She is currently 23 kills away from surpassing Sara Bendorf (1,006 - 2006-08) for fifth on the all-time list.
Yeager currently ranks sixth in the A-Sun with a .289 hitting percentage, fourth with 0.38 service aces per set and 10th with 2.71 kills per set.
KK doubling up
Junior outside hitter Kathryn Kane is the compliment to Yeager offensively for the Dolphins and her play is becoming a model of consistency in the stat line.
In her last three matches, Kane has produced a career-high three consecutive double-doubles to push her team leading mark to six on the year.
She currently ranks second on the squad with 201 kills, 2.48 kills per set, 190 digs and 2.35 digs per set.
After a slow start to her 2010 freshman campaign, setter Kendall Courtney is developing into the field general for an improving Dolphin offense and is the fresh new face in the A-Sun.
Through her first five matches, Courtney registered 9.2 assists per set while the squad hit a combined .111.
In the next five matches, she tallied 8.4 assists per set but the squad increased its mark to .201.
In her next five matches, Courtney picked up the pace with 10.47 assists per set while the Dolphin offense increased their output to .240.
In her next five matches, she racked up 11.2 assists per set and the JU offense clicked to the tune of a .251 percentage.
During her last two matches, Courtney averaged 8.78 assists per set and the Dolphins are tailing off with a .181 hitting percentage.
With 794 assists thus far, the Houston native has current teammate Hannah Munneke’s single-season record (1,356) in her sights. She currently ranks fourth in the A-Sun with 9.7 assists per set.
Courtney also leads JU with 41 service aces which ranks her first in the A-Sun with 0.50 aces per set.
Jacob stepping up
Freshman middle blocker Kylie Jacob has also had a slow start adjusting to the college game but has quickly turned a corner for the Dolphins.
By energy alone, Jacob came up big for JU in its 3-2 win over FGCU on Oct. 1 by racking up six kills, a .600 (6-0-10) hitting percentage and four blocks in less than two sets (four and five).
She did everything in her power to get things going for JU in Georgia by tallying a season-high 12 kills, a .529 (12-3-17) hitting percentage and six blocks against Mercer on Oct. 9.
Jacob also finished with at least five kills and five blocks against ETSU (Oct. 15) and USC Upstate (Oct. 16).
The Fayettville, Ga. native is starting to register in the conference stats now that her playing time has increased. Jacob currently leads the A-Sun in hitting percentage (.347) while ranking second with 1.16 blocks per set.