FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 02, 2011
Volleyball upsets Clemson, 3-2
Sophomore Kendal Courtney had 55 assists for JU in the upset win over Clemson.
Sophomore Kendal Courtney had 55 assists for JU in the upset win over Clemson.
Sophomore Taylor Nyquist put the JU volleyball team on her back to lead the Dolphins to a 3-2 win (23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 18-25, 15-12) over Clemson at the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational on Friday night.

Nyquist paced the Dolphins (3-4) offense with 21 kills and 17 digs in handing the Tigers (4-1) their first loss of the season. Senior Alliya Drzewiecki (15) and junior Alison Loeppky (11) each finished with double-digit kills, while sophomore Kendall Courtney tallied 55 assists.

“I’m so proud of our team right now,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “They fought with one of the top programs in the country and came away victorious. We have been in several matches like this one this year which will eventually help us in A-Sun play.”

The Tigers, who were receiving votes in the national poll, got 23 kills from Sandra Adeleye, while Kristin Faust added 17 kills.

In the first set, neither team built more than point until a block by Adeleye and Faust capped a 4-0 run to give the Tigers a 20-16 lead. The Dolphins managed to tie it at 21-21 on a block from sophomore Kylie Jacob and senior Kathryn Kane. The teams tied again at 23-23, but a JU attack error and a block helped seal the set for Clemson.

In the second set, a block by Loeppky and Kane gave the Dolphins an early 9-7 advantage. The set stayed close again until a kill from Nyquist gave JU a 20-18 lead. The Tigers took a 21-20 lead on a service ace by Cansu Ozdemir. Loeppky carried the Dolphins the rest of the way with two kills and a block to secure the set.

In the third set, the Tigers built an 18-13 lead on a block from Serenat Yaz and Alexa Rand. After a kill from Adeleye gave Clemson a 23-17 advantage, the Dolphins clawed back from a 8-0 run to take the set. JU got a couple of key service errors and kills from Nyquist and Drzewiecki to complete the rally.

Despite falling in the fourth set, the Dolphins opened the deciding set with a 5-2 lead from a consecutive kills from Nyquist. The Tigers tied it a 10-10 on a block, but the Dolphins took the next three points on two kills by Drzewiecki and an attack error. Clemson got it to 13-12 on a block before committing a service error and ace by Courtney gave JU the win.

The Dolphins finish the invitational tomorrow against former A-Sun foe Florida Atlantic at 2 p.m. Fans can follow the match through live stats on JUDolphins.com.