Following a 3-2 thriller over UNF to start the week, the JU volleyball team (12-11, 3-3 A-Sun) will host one more non-conference match this week against Seattle (11-12) on Friday at 6 p.m.
The Redhawks, who opened the week witha 3-1 win over UNF on Thursday, 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.
The match will be available on ASun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com.
By rallying for a 3-2 win over UNF, the Dolphins increased their record to 4-2 in five set matches...with a 3-1 win over USC 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. It’s 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 37 shy of Danielle Neville’s (2002-05) program record of 353. She also moved into the top five in total career blocks with 325 and surpassed Merchant (316) for fourth with three blocks against ETSU on Oct. 15. Yeager is now six 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 four kills away from becoming the sixth Dolphin to reach 1,000. She is currently 11 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 .290 hitting percentage and with 0.38 service aces 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 three matches, Courtney averaged 8.93 assists per set and the Dolphins are tailing off with a .215 hitting percentage.
With 840 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 44 service aces which ranks her first in the A-Sun with 0.51 aces per set.