THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
Volleyball welcomes A-Sun Peach State foes starting Friday
The JU volleyball team will look build momentum in the A-Sun standings starting Friday against Mercer in Swisher Gymnasium.

The Dolphins (8-9, 1-1 A-Sun) will host the Bears at 7 p.m. before finishing the weekend on Saturday against Kennesaw State at 3 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium.

“Our top goal this week is to develop consistency and discipline on defense this week,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “We’ve been up and down over the past few weeks and need to solidify that side of the game if we want to be a playoff team.”

Last week, the Dolphins split a pair of five-set matches on the road in the first week of the A-Sun schedule.

JU fell to FGCU, but the Dolphins stole the final few points to down Stetson to end on a high note. It was also the Dolphins’ first set win since downing Clemson on Sept. 2.

Sophomore Kylie Jacob (25), senior Alliya Drzewiecki (24) and junior Alison Loeppky (22) each tallied more than 20 kills to pace the Dolphins offense.

Drzewiecki leads the Dolphins with 164 kills, while Loeppky has at least six or more kills in the last six matches to move into second on the squad with 137.

Sophomore Niatha Cullen is helping JU as well since joining the starting lineup on Sept. 11, tallying double-digit kills in three of the last six matches.

The Bears (4-11, 0-2) and the Owls (5-12, 0-2) fell to Lipscomb and Belmont at home last weekend to begin the A-Sun schedule.

Jennifer Katona paces the Bears’ offense with 126 kills, while Jamie Duffy has a team-best 144 digs.

The Owls have four players with more than 100 kills, led by Justine Young’s 233 strikes. Emily Bean is the next closest with 116 kills. Holly Knight has been a force in the nets with 51 blocks, while four Owls have totaled more than 100 digs.

Last season, the Dolphins dropped 3-1 decisions to Mercer and Kennesaw State on the road.

Fans can follow the action through the live links on JUDolphins.com.