FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
Volleyball downs Stetson on Senior Night, 3-0
Senior Alliya Drzewiecki finished with 10 kills on Friday night. Play Video
Senior Alliya Drzewiecki finished with 10 kills on Friday night.
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Seniors Alliya Drzewiecki and Kathryn Kane each had a hand in helping the JU volleyball team defeat Stetson, 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-22), on Senior Night at Swisher Gymnasium on Friday night.

Drzewiecki and sophomore Kylie Jacob each posted a team-best 10 kills to help the Dolphins (14-16, 5-7 A-Sun) stay alive for an A-Sun Tournament berth. Kane almost had a double-double with eight kills and nine digs, while senior Ashley August added an ace and three digs to help the cause.

“It was a good win,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “They have been practicing well and we were able to transfer that to the court tonight. We came out strong in the match. We did have a couple of struggles in the middle, but we were able to come through it and finish for the victory. Overall, it was a strong win.”

The Hatters (9-17, 2-10) were limited to a .192 hitting percentage (33-14-99) on the night, while Ellen Hawks paced Stetson with 11 kills. Kaylee Ream recorded 10 kills.

In the first set, the Dolphins opened with a 10-4 advantage on a kill from sophomore Alyssa Robertson. A Kane kill on an assist from sophomore Kendall Courtney gave the Dolphins a 19-9 lead. The Hatters cut the deficit to 23-18 on a bad set, but a kill from Robertson gave JU the set.

In the second set, a Drzewiecki kill helped the Dolphins take an 11-7 lead. Stetson’s Taylor Story cut the deficit to 11-10 with a kill, but the Dolphins went on a 7-2 run, capped on a Jacob kill for an 18-13 lead. The Dolphins took the set on consecutive kills from Drzewiecki.

In the third set, the Dolphins raced to a 9-1 advantage on consecutive Hatters’ errors. Two straight kills from Drzewiecki extended the JU lead to 14-7. The Hatters closed the gap to 15-13 on a block by Hawks and Story. Drzewiecki capped a 7-3 stretch with a kill to give JU a 23-16 lead, while Kane ended the match with a kill to secure the win.

The Dolphins close the regular season tomorrow against Florida Gulf Coast at 5 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium.