Volleyball fights off Bethune-Cookman, 3-2
Sophomore Kylie Jacob tallied 13 kills to help JU to the 3-2 win in Daytona Beach
Sophomore Kylie Jacob tallied 13 kills to help JU to the 3-2 win in Daytona Beach
The JU volleyball team fought off a scrappy Bethune-Cookman squad for a 3-2 win (25-17, 25-22, 23-25, 25-27, 15-10) on Tuesday night at Moore Gymnasium.

Trailing 2-0, the Lady Wildcats (1-2) took the third and fourth sets with late rallies, but the Dolphins (2-3) had a couple kills from senior Alliya Drzewiekci to finally win the match.

Sophomore Kylie Jacob paced the JU offense with 13 kills, while junior Taylor Nyquist added 12 kills and Drzewiecki finished with 11 kills.

“We are happy to come away with the win,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “We need to find a way to put teams away or it will hurt us in the long run. Overall, this was a nice win for us to build on as we head into the weekend.”

Janeen Davis led the B-CU offense with 22 kills and 14 digs. Krysta Gardner added 19 kills, while Alexis Bliese finished with 25 digs.

In the first set, two consecutive B-CU attack errors and a kill from Jacob gave the Dolphins a 12-9 lead. Jacob helped push the lead to 16-10 on another kill, but the Lady Wildcats closed the gap to 19-14 on a kill from Garnder. JU quashed the late B-CU rally with a 6-2 run, capped on a Drzewiecki kill to take the set.

In the second set, the Dolphins knotted the score at 5-5 on a kill by senior Kathryn Kane. The lead exchanged several times before a kill from Jacob gave JU a 15-13 advantage. The Dolphins pushed through the lead exchanges again and took their largest lead of the set, 23-20, on a kill by freshman Cari Whitmire. The Lady Wildcats closed the gap to 24-22, but Whitmire added another set to help JU the set.

Trailing 14-10 in the third set, B-CU snagged a 15-14 lead on 5-0 run before Jacob broke it up with a kill to tie it. The teams tied three more times until sophomore Kendall Courtney helped JU break free with a 21-18 lead on a service ace. The Lady Wildcats would not go down quietly after using a 7-2 run, capped on a Gardner kill to take the set and stay alive.

In the fourth set, Gardner recorded a kill to give the Lady Wildcats a 12-10 advantage. The Dolphins closed the gap to 14-13 on a kill from Nyquist and blocks from Jacob and Kane. A kill from sophomore Alyssa Robertson finally tied the set for JU at 18-18, but B-CU regained the advantage on a Davis kill.

The Dolphins had a chance to close it out with a 24-22 lead, but the Lady Wildcats recorded consecutive kills to tie it at 24-24. After JU took the next point, the Lady Wildcats secured the next three points, capped a kill by Bliese, to force a fifth set.

In the final set, the Lady Wildcats raced out to a 5-2 lead on blocks by Linda Nwakubo and Davis. The lead would trade sides a few times before a Davis kill gave B-CU a 10-9 lead. Drzewiecki answered with a kill to tie it, while a Nyquist kill gave JU a 12-10 edge. Another kill from Drzewiecki and an attack error would finally give the Dolphins match.

The Dolphins are back in action starting Friday with the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. They play host Florida at noon before closing the first day against Clemson at 5:30 p.m.