Volleyball’s season comes to an end with 3-0 loss to UNF
Needing a win to advance to the postseason, the Dolphins got a rude awakening across town as the JU volleyball team’s 2010 season came to an end with a 3-0 loss (11-25, 19-25, 23-25) to UNF, Friday evening at the UNF Arena.

JU (14-16, 4-6) fell to 0-5 on the road in conference play after hitting a match-low .083, the squad’s first match under .100 as a team since a 3-2 home loss to ETSU on Oct. 15.

UNF (7-21, 4-6) earned its first trip to the A-Sun Tournament after hitting a blistering .407, including a thermal .727 (16-0-22) in the opening frame.

“It’s very disappointing to have our season end this way,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “We came in here needing a win to continue our season and that didn’t happen. You have to give UNF credit for playing a great match.”

Freshman middle blocker Alyssa Robertson and senior outside hitter Brittany Lehman each finished with seven kills to lead JU. Lehman also added two blocks as she played in her final contest as a Dolphin.

Senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager ends her Dolphin career ranking in the top five in three career categories – block assists (2nd - 324), total blocks (3rd - 333) and kills (5th - 1,034). Senior defensive specialist Hannah Munneke also ends her career in the top five in two categories – assists (4th- 2,945) and sets played (5th – 431).

Paige Pridgeon led the Ospreys with a match-high 18 kills while Jessica Catelano added 11 kills and a match-high .526 (11-1-19) hitting percentage. Nicole Baran led the defense with a match-high 14 digs.

In the first set, UNF jumped out to a 9-2 lead after an attack error by the Dolphins but JU would cut the margin to 10-6 with an ace by sophomore outside hitter Alliya Drzewiecki. The Ospreys would answer with a 15-6 run to end the frame and take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second frame, both teams went through six ties (the last coming at 8-8) until the Ospreys used a 12-5 run to open up a 21-13 advantage on a kill by Marshay Greenlee. JU would cut the margin to 23-18 on a block by Robertson and Lehman but the Ospreys got kills by Catelano and Pridgeon to take a 2-0 advantage into the break.

In the final stanza, both teams went through five ties (the last at 9-9) until the Dolphins used a 7-0 run to take a 16-9 lead on an ace by junior libero Ashley August. The Ospreys would slowly chip away at the lead until tying the contest, 19-19, on a block by Pridgeon and Greenlee. JU would answer with a 2-0 run to take a 21-19 lead on a block by sophomore middle blocker Alison Loeppky and both teams would trade points until UNF used a 4-0 run to end the set and seal the match.