Volleyball keeps rolling with 3-1 win over Campbell

Oct. 5, 2007

Box Score

BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Junior outside hitter Sara Bendorf tied a season-high with 22 kills while junior outside hitter Kesley Clark tallied her first double-double of the year to lead the JU volleyball team to a win over Campbell, 3-1 (30-14, 30-16, 24-30, 30-19), Friday evening at Carter Gym.

JU (10-9, 4-1) extended its season high winning streak to five after hitting a match-high .227 (58-26-141) from the floor. The Dolphins also tied the longest winning streak under head coach Shaun Kupferberg.

Campbell (6-13, 0-4) managed only a .030 (30-26-134) hitting percentage and finished with match high errors in serves (9), receiving (9) and ball handling (11). The Camels did, however, become only the second team this season to out block the Dolphins (9-6).

"We are starting to find out rhythm right now as a team," said Kupferberg. "We had a learning curve in the beginning of the year with such a young squad but now things are clicking for us."

Bendorf, who finished with 22 kills against Presbyterian College, also recorded a match-high .415 (22-5-41) hitting percentage, nine digs and three aces in the contest. Clark, enjoyed her best day as a Dolphin, finished with season highs in kills (14) and digs (12).

Freshman outside hitter Aidan Yeager added 11 kills and three blocks while freshman setter Hannah Munneke tallied 50 assists, nine digs and three aces. Senior middle blocker Melissa Merchant also chipped in with four blocks and sophomore libero Michelle Walroth racked up a match-high 25 digs to pace the defense.

Emily Werner led the Camels with 10 kills while Melissa Harvey recorded 14 digs. Ashley Weers added seven kills and a team-high .160 (7-3-25) hitting percentage to go with a match-high five blocks.

In game one, JU used a 9-0 run to take a 10-3 lead after a kill by Clark. The Dolphins increased the lead to 19-7 after a kill by Bendorf. JU made it 26-13 on a ball handling error by Ennis and finished the frame with a 4-1 run to take a 1-0 lead. The Dolphins finished the game hitting .310 (12-3-29) from the floor.

In the second game, the Dolphins jumped out to a 6-2 lead before the Camels cut the margin to 9-6 on a kill by Werner. JU answered with a 6-0 run to take a 15-6 advantage and then increased the lead to 24-12, which was fueled by a 4-0 run. The Dolphins would cruise the rest of the way while hitting a match-high .343 (18-6-35) from the floor.

In the third frame, Campbell took a 7-3 lead after a kill by Katie Stallings and increased the advantage to 16-8 after an attack error by the Dolphins. JU cut the margin to 18-15 after a serving error by Werner. The Camels answered with a 7-0 run to make it 23-15 on a kill by Caroline Hammersley and matched the Dolphins point for point to make it a 2-1 game.

In the final game, JU jumped out to a 7-1 lead after a kill by Merchant before increasing the lead to 12-3 after an ace by Walroth. Campbell cut the margin to 17-15 after an attack error by the Dolphins, but JU would answer with a 13-4 run to take the match.

The Dolphins will next face Gardner-Webb on Saturday at 3 p.m.