Volleyball downed by Georgia Southern, 3-0
Senior Alliya Drzewiecki led JU in second straight match with eight kills
Senior Alliya Drzewiecki led JU in second straight match with eight kills
Georgia Southern picked up its first win of the season by downing the JU volleyball team in three sets (18-25, 21-25, 13-25) on Saturday at the Spring Hill Suites Invitational.

The Eagles (1-2) hit .473 (52-9-91) for the contest while Bethany Sanford paced the offense with 14 kills and 10 digs. Parker Small (11) and Meredith Paskert (10) each finished with double-digit kills.

“We lost to a quality team,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferburg said. “I thought we played hard, but they made a few more plays than we did. Overall, we will look to try to even our record in the finale this evening.”

Senior Alliya Drzewiecki led the Dolphins (1-2) for the second straight match with eight kills. Senior Kathryn Kane added seven kills and sophomore Kendall Courtney tallied 24 assists.

In the first set, the Dolphins tied it at 5-5 early on a kill by Drzewiecki. A kill by Paskert helped build a 16-10 lead for the Eagles, while Kate Van Dyke’s kill pushed it later to a 19-14 advantage. JU had two attack errors and a kill by sophomore Kylie Jacob to cut the deficit to two, but Paskert closed out a 6-0 run with a kill to give Georgia Southern the set.

Trailing 21-13 in the second set, the Dolphins found a spark with a 5-1 stretch, capped on a service ace by Courtney to make 22-18 deficit. The Dolphins got it to three again, 24-21, on a kill by Drzewiecki, but another Paskert kill ended the set in favor of the Eagles.

In the third set, Kane cut an early deficit to 12-8 for JU with a kill before a 13-5 run by the Eagles ended the match.

The Dolphins close out the tournament against South Dakota State at 5 p.m. Fans can follow the action through the links on