Volleyball finishes second at Fiesta on Siesta Key Sand Tournament

The JU volleyball team took to the sun soaked sand and got some good results, finishing third overall out of 17 teams while three pairs of Dolphins reached the Gold Medal Round at the Fiesta on Siesta Key Beach Volleyball Tournament.

The tournament consisted of 80 teams from 17 universities including Florida, LSU, Miami, UCF, UNF, Florida Gulf Coast and FAU.

In the overall team cup trophy standings, JU finished third behind UCF and Miami as the Dolphins had three teams that placed first in pool play.

Rising senior Ashley August and rising sophomore Taylor Nyquist placed first in pool play before defeating last year’s champions in the quarterfinals. In the final match, they eventually fell to SEC champions Kristy Jackael and Kelly Murphy of Florida. Their second place finish was the highest a Jacksonville team has registered at this event.

“We had to adjust to the wind today which made each game more exciting,” said Nyquist. “It was a fun event and I really enjoyed it.”

“Taylor and I played our hearts out, but I did miss playing with our whole team,” August said. “I’m looking forward to the fall season.”

Rising senior Kathryn Kane and rising sophomore Kendall Courtney also placed first their respective pool before finishing 9th in the Gold Bracket.

Assistant coach Christina Diaz and former Dolphin Brooke Singleton finished second in pool play before ending their run in the Gold Bracket.

Rising juniors Alison Loeppky and Nicole Teplitz placed fourth before exiting in the Copper Bracket.

Rising junior Alliya Drzewiecki and rising sophomores Niatha Cullen and Alyssa Robertson ranked third in pool play before falling in the Consolation Bracket. Rising sophomores Jenell Larsen and Kyle Jacob ranked fifth in their respective pools before finishing in the Consolation Bracket.

In the Senior Only League, former Dolphins Aidan Yeager and Nicki Kent finished tied with Brittany Lehman and Hannah Munneke for 5th.

“I’m glad the girls enjoyed playing out on the sand,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “It’s a good change of pace from the indoor game and a great way to end the year. We had a great spring and really look forward to getting back on the court in a few months.”