THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2011
Volleyball opens home slate vs. Presbyterian on Friday
After playing some of the best teams in the nation on the road, the JU volleyball team finally gets to enjoy the comforts of home starting Friday versus Presbyterian in Swisher Gymnasium at 7 p.m.
The Dolphins (5-4) continue the home stand throughout the weekend against South Carolina State on Saturday at 6 p.m. and on Sunday against Savannah State at 1 p.m. All three opponents will also play at UNF in the Best Western Invitational.
“We’re all excited to be playing our first home match of the year,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “Hopefully we can continue to build on what we started last week.”
After dropping three of the first four matches to start the season, the Dolphins bounced back last week with a 4-1 record against quality opponents.
The Dolphins begin the week with a 3-2 win at Bethune-Cookman, but suffered a 3-0 loss to No. 9 Florida to begin the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational. JU gained momentum following the Florida loss to hand Clemson its first loss of the season in five sets, while also securing victories against Florida Atlantic (3-0) and Florida A&M (3-1).
Sophomore Taylor Nyquist was a big part of JU’s momentum swing after recording 65 kills (3.42 K/S), 38 digs and six blocks in 19 sets. After notching six kills vs. No. 9 Florida, she exploded for 21 kills and 17 digs to help lead the Dolphins past Clemson. She followed it up with a 14 kills and six blocks against FAU to earn all-tournament honors.
The Blue Hose (0-5) will play South Carolina State earlier in the day before coming to Swisher Gymnasium. Prebyterian only secure one set in is three matches at Arizona’s tournament last weekend.
Presley Mabrey has 53 kills in five matches to lead the Blue Hose and Ashtin Frank has recorded 148 assists.
The Bulldogs (4-3) enter the week on a four-match winning streak after taking all of their matches at the Spikefest Tournament in Orangeburg, S.C.
Desiree Waller has 63 kills to lead the Bulldogs. Shabree Roberson is in a close second with 56 kills to go along with 25 blocks.
Like Presbyterian, the Tigers (0-5) are also winless in their first few matches and have yet to win a set all season.
Bryana Gadis leads the offense with 14 kills and Bianca Helton has 13 kills and a team-best five blocks.
Fans can follow the matches on live stats or through live video streaming by clicking the links on JUDolphins.com.