Volleyball falls to Belmont, 3-0
The Dolphins are starting things out on the wrong foot in their trip through Nashville as the JU volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (20-25, 16-25, 22-25) contest to Belmont, Friday evening at the Curb Event Center.

JU (12-13, 3-4) hit a match-low .167 while also finishing with nine service errors and seven receiving errors.

BU (10-13, 4-2) moved closer to a postseason bid by hitting a match-high .228 with seven service aces.

“This is not the start that we wanted,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “The regular season is winding down and we have a chance to control our own destiny. With that said, our play has to improve in order for that to happen.”

Senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager and sophomore middle blocker Alison Loeppky each finished with a team-high six kills. Junior outside hitter Kathryn Kane (11 digs) and freshman middle blocker Alyssa Robertson (three blocks) led the defense.

Kayla Albritton led the Bruins with 15 kills while Maggie Johnson added 10 kills and a .333 (10-2-24) hitting percentage. Tara Blood chipped in with seven kills and a match-high four blocks while Megan Clements finished with a match-high 12 digs.

In the first set, Belmont jumped out to an early 7-3 lead on an ace by Jen Myer but JU answered back with an 8-5 run to cut the margin to 12-11. The Bruins increased the margin to 17-13 after a ball handling error by the Dolphins but JU would cut the deficit to 20-18 with a kill by senior outside hitter Brittany Lehman. Belmont would end the set with a 5-2 run to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, both teams went through three ties until Belmont used a 3-0 run to take a 7-4 advantage. JU would cut the margin to 9-8 after an attack error by Allison McCoy but the Bruins would end the frame with a 16-8 run to take a 2-0 lead heading into the break.

In the third frame, JU jumped out to a 5-1 lead on a kill by Yeager but the Bruins would even the score (6-6) with an ace by Myer. Both teams would go through five more ties until JU used a 6-1 run, capped by an ace by senior defensive specialist Hannah Munneke, to open up a 19-14 advantage. The Bruins would answer back with a 7-2 run to even the score, 21-21. Belmont would end the frame with a 4-1 run to seal the match.

The Dolphins will end its trip in Nashville with first-place Lipscomb on Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. ET. The contest can be followed on ASun.TV by logging onto