SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011
Volleyball falls to Troy, 3-0
This may be a weekend that the JU volleyball team will want to forget after falling 3-0 (21-25, 20-25, 24-26) to Troy on Sunday at Swisher Gymnasium.
The Trojans (9-4) got 17 kills and 10 digs from Natasha Kolunija to help hand the Dolphins (7-8) their third straight loss. Kayla Pickart added 10 kills, while Alexandra Alexander recorded 40 digs and 13 digs to help the cause.
“This is not what we wanted heading into A-Sun play,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “We just couldn’t get a break our way when we were doing well. We have to work on fixing some things in practice, but I’m confident we will get back to ourselves by next weekend.”
Senior Alliya Drzewiecki finished with 10 kills to pace the Dolphins offense. Junior Alison Loeppky and sophomore Alyssa Robertson each finished with nine kills, while senior Ashley August had 19 digs.
After a slow start in the first set, the Dolphins cut the deficit to 13-11 on a kill by Drzewiecki. Troy pushed the advantage to 19-13 on an ace by Alexander. Consecutive kills by sophomore Niatha Cullen brought the JU deficit to 23-20, but Troy took the set on a kill by Breanna Cullity.
In the second set, Drzewiecki recorded a kill to tie the match at 8-8 for the Dolphins. The Trojans took an 18-14 lead on an attack error, while a later error broke up two consecutive JU kills for a 21-17 advantage. The Dolphins made it 23-20 on a ball handling error, but the Trojans took the set again on a kill from Pickart.
In the third set, Troy took a 13-10 advantage on a kill from Pickart. JU rallied back with a 7-1 run, capped on a Kolunija attack error, for its latest lead of any set at 20-17. Robertson tallied a kill to give JU a 23-21 lead, but Troy tied it with two straight points. The Dolphins broke match point on a Loeppky kill only to see the momentum quashed on two Cullity kills for their third straight loss.
The Dolphins look to break the recent skid on Friday when they open the A-Sun schedule against Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Fla. First serve is slated for 6 p.m.