Sand volleyball downs FAU for first win, 3-2
Sophomore Niathan Cullen
Sophomore Niathan Cullen
The third time is a charm for the JU sand volleyball team as it defeated in-state rival Florida Atlantic, 3-2, for the program’s first duals win Thursday at the Dolphin Beach Volleyball Complex.

The Dolphins (1-2) swept the No. 2, 4 and five flights to earn the win in their final duals match at home. The Owls (0-1) outlasted the Dolphins in the other two flights in three sets.

“I was proud of how our team competed today,” JU head coach Michelle Collier said. “We put together a lot of the things that we have been working on in practice and it showed on our result.”

Freshman Sammie Strausbaugh and sophomore Niathan Cullen opened with a 2-0 sweep in flight two over Darija Sataric and Lauren Jones. In flight four, senior Kathryn Kane and freshman Chelsea Sanderson defeated Sara Stoll and Chandler Hatton, 2-0. Junior Alison Loeppky and freshman Jenna Orner won in straight sets, 21-11 & 21-18, to down Thaci Pereira/Cintia Nightingale in flight five.

In flight three, junior Nicole Teplitz and sophomore Alyssa Robertson won the second set, 21-19, to force a third set, but Graace Vega and Isabelle Arboleda won it 15-6.

Sophomore Kendall Courtney and freshman Cari Whitmire earned a 23-21 set two win in flight one against Joanne Maras Tate and Alessia Pizzocheri. The Dolphin duo closed a four-point deficit in the third set to one, 14-13, on a Courtney ace before the Owls walked away with the point on a JU attack error.

The Dolphins continue their busy week Saturday with North Florida Tournament in Jacksonville.

Final Results: (Flight winners in Bold)

Flight 1- FAU: Joanne Maras Tate/Alessia Pizzocheri def. JU: Kendall Courtney/Cari Whitmire, 2-1
Flight 2- JU: Sammie Strausbaugh/Niatha Cullen def. FAU: Darija Sataric/Lauren Jones, 2-0
Flight 3- FAU: Grace Vega/Isabelle Arboleda def. JU: Nicole Teplitz/Alyssa Robertson, 2-1
Flight 4 – JU: Kathryn Kane/Chelsea Sanderson def. FAU: Sara Stoll/Chandler Hatton, 2-0
Flight 5 - JU: Jenna Orner/Alison Loeppky def. FAU: Thaci Pereira/Cintia Nightingale, 2-0

Final score: JU 3, FAU 2