After splitting a pair of non-conference matches, the JU volleyball team (12-12, 3-3 A-Sun) will return to A-Sun action with two matches in Nashville this weekend. The Dolphins will open against Belmont (9-13, 3-2 A-Sun) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET before ending the week against Lipscomb (16-6, 5-0 A-Sun) on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. The Bruins enter the week having won their lone match, 3-0, at home against Campbell on Oct. 15. The Bisons continue to roll through their conference schedule but dropped a 3-0 match to Louisville on Oct. 20. Both matches 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 freshmen 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.
Yeager bombs into more history
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 33 shy of Danielle Neville’s (2002-05) program record of 353. She also moved into the top five in total career blocks with 330 and surpassed Merchant (316) for fourth with three blocks against ETSU on Oct. 15. Yeager is now tied with Ruth Terry (330, 1990-92) for third and now needs 47 more blocks to pass Gisela Anderson (376, 1986-89) to move into second. Offensively, Yeager passed another milestone by becoming the sixth Dolphin to reach 1,000 career kills with 10 against Seattle on Oct. 22. She is currently tied with Sara Bendorf (1,006 - 2006-08) for fifth on the all-time list and now needs 98 kills to move past Eva Stoilova (1,103, 2003-06) for fourth. Yeager currently ranks sixth in the A-Sun with 0.35 aces per set and seventh with a .277 hitting percentage.
Lehman hitting her stride
One of the players flying under the radar throughout her four-year career has been senior outside hitter /middle blocker Brittany Lehman. Due to her versatility, the Colleyville, Texas native has never had a niche on the program but her numbers have been rounding out nicely in recent weeks. Since returning to the starting lineup on a regular basis on Oct. 8, Lehman has produced four double-double efforts while leading the squad with 79 kills and 3.04 kills per set. Lehman currently ranks second on the squad with 2.49 kills per set, third with 192 kills and fourth with 13 service aces.
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 five matches, Courtney averaged 9.86 assists per set and the Dolphins are tailing off with a .208 hitting percentage. With 887 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 9.75 assists per set. Courtney also leads JU with 46 service aces which ranks her first in the A-Sun with 0.51 aces per set.
Here’s to you Ms. Robertson
Freshman middle blocker Alyssa Robertson is an immediate impact player for the Dolphins and has quickly established herself as one of the best at her position in the A-Sun. Thus far in 2010, the Pompano Beach, Fla. native ranks second on the squad with 70 blocks and 1.06 blocks per set and third with a .266 hitting percentage. The blocks per set average places her third and hitting percentage places her 10th in the A-Sun. Robertson also ranks fourth on the squad with 118 kills, 1.79 kills per set while also ranking fourth with 0.2 aces per set.