THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2007
Volleyball hosts big matches this weekend
Oct. 11, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
After winning a season-high six consecutive matches, the JU volleyball team (11-9, 5-1) continues Atlantic Sun Conference play at Swisher Gymnasium and will look to entrench themselves at the top of the conference standings.
The Dolphins begin the week against defending champion Belmont (14-6, 4-1) on Friday at 7 p.m., before ending the weekend against Lipscomb (10-9, 3-2) on Saturday at 3 p.m.
JU's contest against Belmont is available through ASun.TV on www.judolphins.com.
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The Oakley, Calif. native recently checked in at fifth place in the national rankings with an average of 1.70 blocks per game. But individually, she is second nationally with 119 total blocks, two behind Endia Oliver of Tennessee State.
In a different perspective of her dominance in the A-Sun, she has surpassed the 100 block plateau (119) which is 38 ahead of Jen Darty of Mercer (81), who sits in second place.
Merchant also re-established herself in the JU record book by claiming the match high block record with 15 at ETSU on Sept. 21.
She has also finished with 30 digs on four occasions this season, including a season-high 32 against Butler and No. 23 Dayton.
Not only that, but Walroth joins fellow teammate Mellisa Merchant in the national rankings as she moved up to the 15th spot. Even more interesting is the fact she has company in the national rankings for digs by a member of the family.
Her sister, Julie, is a senior libero at Evansville and is currently ranked ninth in the nation with an average of 6.22 digs per game.
Above the net
JU leads the conference with 2.94 blocks per game, which also ranks them 30th in the nation. The next team in the conference standings, Florida Gulf Coast, checks in with an average of 2.15 blocks per game.
A big jump in the rankings came at the hands of New Orleans as JU's 23 blocks against the Privateers tied a program record which was set by the squad last season at East Tennessee State (Oct. 5). The Dolphins followed up that effort with 20 blocks at ETSU (Sept. 21).
JU has tallied double figures in blocks in 10 games and have been out blocked by only two opponents this season - No. 23 Dayton (12-9) and Campbell (9-6).
ASun.TV now available
ASun.TV events will be available for viewing both live and via on-demand replay to fans throughout the country that purchase a Single Event Pass ($5.99 per event), a monthly All-Event Pass ($9.99 per month), or an annual All-Event pass ($69.99 per year). Both the annual and monthly All- Event Passes allow unlimited access to games within their respective timeframes.
Among the remaining matches on the 2007 schedule are Belmont (Oct. 12), UNF (Oct. 26/Nov. 8) and Savannah State (11/1).