Volleyball outlasts Mercer, 3-2
Junior Alison Loeppky led JU with 15 kills on Friday. Play Video
Junior Alison Loeppky led JU with 15 kills on Friday.
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The JU volleyball team doesn’t like to cheat its fans as they survived another five-set match to down Mercer, 3-2 (26-28, 25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 17-15), in A-Sun action on Friday night in Swisher Gymnasium.

Junior Alison Loeppky recorded 15 kills to lead four Dolphins (9-9, 2-1 A-Sun) with double-digit kills. Sophomore Kylie Jacob tallied 14 kills, while senior Kathryn Kane had 12 kills and two service aces in her first match back from injury. Sophomore Alyssa Robertson recorded 10 kills and eight blocks to help the cause.

“We are happy to come away with the win,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “We started out slow, but battled our way to get the victory. Tomorrow will be another tough one for us that we will need to get for the A-Sun standings.”

The Bears (4-12, 0-3) got 16 kills and 12 digs from Aimee Frutchey. Jamie Duffy tallied 12 kills and 11 digs in the loss.

In the first set, the Dolphins got consecutive kills from Kane to take a 22-17 advantage. Following a timeout, Mercer went out a 6-1 run, capped on a Frutchey kill, to tie it at 23-23. The Dolphins had set point on an attack error, but the Bears broke it with a kill from Caroline Carlton. Senior Alliya Drzewiecki was able to break up a Mercer set point on a kill to tie it at 25-25 before the Bears recorded back-to-back to take the set.

In the second set, a Mercer attack error capped a 7-4 JU run for a 20-13 lead. The Bears closed the gap again with a Duffy kill for a 22-19 deficit. A Jacob kill gave the Dolphins a 24-20 lead, but Mercer answered with two straight kills. After a JU timeout, the Dolphins took the set on a Carlton attack error.

Trailing 20-14 in the third set, the Dolphins closed the deficit to 22-19 on a Roberston kill. JU had late life when they made it 24-21 on a service error, but Mercer secured the set on an attack error.

In the fourth set, a kill from Jacob closed a 5-3 run to give the Dolphins a 20-17 lead. Mercer had an opening to rally again with a service error to make it a 23-19 deficit, but JU secured the next two points to force a deciding set.

In the fifth set, the Bears had a pair of early two-point leads before the Dolphins tied it a 10-10 on an attack error. The Bears took a 14-13 lead on an attack error, but Jacob kept JU alive with a kill. The Bears broke up a match point by the Dolphins to tie the match at 15-15. Jacob rose to the occasion again with a kill, while a block by Loeppky and sophomore Kendall Courtney helped give JU the match.

The Dolphins end the weekend tomorrow against Kennesaw State at 3 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium. Fans can follow the action through live stats and video streaming on A-Sun.TV by logging onto