THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2011
Volleyball begins busy weekend on Friday
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The JU volleyball team will spend a lot of time traveling this weekend beginning with the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational Friday in Gainesville, Fla.

The Dolphins (2-3) begin the tourney against host and No. 9 Florida at noon and round out the day against Clemson at 5:30 pm. They close the invitational Saturday against former A-Sun foe Florida Atlantic at 6 p.m. before finishing the weekend on Sunday in Tallahassee against Florida A&M at 3 p.m.

“We are excited for the challenge of playing,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferbeg said. “Overall, we play four very good teams this weekend and we look forward to seeing how we developed this past week.”

JU enters the weekend following a 3-2 win against Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Lady Wildcats rallied from two sets down to force a fifth set, but the Dolphins had a pair kills from senior Alliya Drzewiekci to help quash the comeback.

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

Drzewiecki leads the offense with 55 kills followed by Nyquist (46 kills) and Jacob (39 kills). Senior Ashley August paces the squad with 75 digs, while sophomore Kendall Courtney has 10 service aces to lead the team in that area.

The Gators (3-0) come into the weekend following a 3-0 win against No. 25 Florida State at home on Tuesday. Florida has yet to lose a set this season.

Stephanie Ferrell leads the Gators’ offense with 27 kills, while also tallying five blocks. Kelly Murphy has tallied a team-best seven blocks to go along with 25 kills.

JU last met Florida in 2008 with the Gators securing a 3-0 victory in this same tournament.

The Tigers also enter with a 3-0 mark following three-set victories against Loyola (MD.), Tennessee State and South Carolina State.

Sandra Adeleye is at a team-best 36 kills for the Tigers offense and Alexa Rand has rejected 16 attacks through nine sets.

Last season, the Dolphins dropped a 3-0 decision in Death Valley to Clemson to open the 2010 campaign.

This tournament will be the first set of matches for the Lady Owls after having their matches at the East Carolina Classic cancelled last week due to Hurricane Irene. In 2010, FAU managed a 13-19 record and a 4-12 mark in A-Sun play.

Georgia Robinson is the top returner for the Owls with 229 kills in 2010.

The Dolphins secured two 3-0 wins against FAU in consecutive tournaments last season.

The Lady Rattlers (0-3) are coming off losses to Kansas, Georgia and Liberty last weekend at the Hotel Indigo Bulldog Invitational in Athens, Ga.

Katherine Huanec came away with 26 kills, while Maria Ceccarelli and Maria Jovanovic each finished with 19 kills at the tournament.

Last season, the Dolphins earned a 3-0 victory against the Lady Rattlers at Swisher Gymnasium before dropping a 3-2 match in Tallahassee.

The matches of the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational will be available through live stats on JUDolphins.com. Fans can watch the JU/Florida match live on Gator Vision by also clicking the link on the JUDolphins.com Game Day story.