Volleyball falls late again to North Florida, 3-2
Sophomore Kylie Jacob was one of two Dolphins with 11 kills on Friday.
Sophomore Kylie Jacob was one of two Dolphins with 11 kills on Friday.
It was a bad déjà vu again for the JU volleyball team as North Florida rallied to take the final three sets for a 3-2 win (25-18, 25-12, 21-25, 19-25, 13-15) on Friday night in A-Sun action at Swisher Gymnasium.

After committing 21 errors in the first two sets, the Ospreys (13-15, 4-7 A-Sun) managed to hit .200 to win the next three sets in same fashion to their Oct. 21st victory. Carolyn Jenkins led the way with 14 kills to help UNF grab another SunTrust River City Rumble point. Dagnija Medina (14) and Marija Pantovic (12) each finished with double-digit kills for the Ospreys.

“It’s frustrating to lose another five-set match,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “I felt like we had the match in control but we were not able to finish the deal.”

It wasn’t all bad for the Dolphins (12-16, 4-7) after recording a .520 hitting percentage (13-0-25) in second set to go up 2-0, but JU finished hitting less than .180 for the rest of the match. Sophomore Kylie Jacob and senior Kathryn Kane each paced the offense with 11 kills. Sophomore Kendall Courtney had 35 assists and 11 digs in the loss.

In the first set, a block by Jacob and senior Alliya Drzewiecki helped cap an 11-3 run for a 15-7 JU lead. UNF went on a small run, but a Kane kill and an attack error pushed the JU advantage to 22-13. The Dolphins secured the set on a kill from Courtney.

In the second set, the Dolphins raced out to an 11-2 lead on consecutive Osprey attack errors. A Drzewiecki kill pushed the lead to 15-6, while JU took a 20-8 advantage on a kill from Jacob. A kill by Courtney and ace from freshman Cari Whitmire gave the Dolphins 2-0 lead entering the break.

In the third set, the Ospreys took a 10-7 lead from a Casey Giovanazzi service ace. Three straight UNF errors and a kill from freshman Nadia Booker helped JU tie the set at 15-15. The Dolphins gained a 19-17 advantage on four straight Osprey errors. Following a UNF timeout, the Ospreys used a 5-1 run, capped on an attack error, to take a 23-20 lead. The Dolphins got a late kill from junior Alison Loeppky, but UNF took the set on a Pantovic kill.

In the fourth set, the Dolphins closed an early deficit to 11-8 on a kill from Whitmire. Jenkins capped a 6-3 run with consecutive kills to push the UNF lead to 20-15, while Paige Pridgeon and Medina each had kills to the Ospreys win the set.

In the fifth set, UNF took a 6-2 lead on a service ace from Kelsey Smith. The Dolphins cut the deficit to 11-8 on a Kane kill, while Jacob made the gap two points, 13-11, on a kill. A service error helped break a UNF match point, but Medina recorded a kill to close out the win.

The Dolphins face Savannah State tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Savannah, Ga. to finish the weekend.