THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011
Volleyball preps for final two home matches starting Friday
Ashley August is one of three JU seniors that will be honored on Friday.
Ashley August is one of three JU seniors that will be honored on Friday.
A spot in the A-Sun Tournament in on the line for the JU volleyball team as they host Stetson for Senior Night on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Dolphins (13-16, 4-7), who host Florida Gulf Coast Saturday at 5 p.m., are one of four teams battling for the last two berths in the conference tournament in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 17. JU will need to win both matches and get one North Florida loss to get one of the remaining spots.

“We know what is at stake,” JU head Shaun Kupferberg said. “As long as we play our way and take it one match at a time, I am confident we can come out with good results. These are two tough teams coming, but we are ready for the challenge.”

The Dolphins enter the week after splitting their last two matches last week.

JU went 2-0 at home against UNF on Nov. 4, but the Ospreys took the next three sets for the second straight match against the Dolphins to get the win. The Dolphins bounced back with a 3-0 victory at Savannah State in their final non-conference matchup.

Entering the week, sophomore Kylie Jacob ranks second in A-Sun in hitting percentage with a .346 average. Sophomore Alyssa Robertson (.298) is fourth in the standings and junior Alison Loeppky (.268) is sixth. Sophomore Kendall Courtney ranks first in the conference in overall assists (1,143) and second in service aces (53).

Senior Alliya Drzewiecki begins her final two home matches leading the team in kills with 250. Senior Ashley August ranks first with 397 digs, while senior Kathryn Kane has double-digit kills in four of the last six matches.

The Hatters (9-16, 2-8) make the trek north after seeing their three-match winning streak snapped by Mercer (3-1) on Nov. 5.

Kaley Melville paces the Hatters with 275 kills and ranks second with 215 digs. Monique Russell leads the team in digs with 352.

The Eagles (15-12, 8-3) have dropped four of the last six matches, including consecutive losses to Lipscomb (Oct. 22) and the Hatters (Oct. 29). They suffered a 3-0 loss at Florida International on Tuesday.

Despite the skid, the Eagles have six players with more than 100 kills, led by Jill Hopper’s 323 strikes. Kaitlin Holm (242) and Jelena Simic (217) have each hit the 200-kill barrier.

Earlier this season, the Dolphins dropped a five-set decision in the A-Sun opener to FGCU on Sept. 18. JU outlasted Stetson the next day to secure a 3-2 win.

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