Volleyball sweeps Savannah State, 3-0
Sophomore Niatha Cullen records 13 kills to lead JU
Sophomore Niatha Cullen records 13 kills to lead JU
The JU volleyball team ended the weekend on a high note with a 3-0 win (25-13, 25-12, 25-13) against Savannah State on Sunday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium.

The Dolphins (7-5) got a match-high from sophomore Niatha Cullen, while junior Alison Loeppky added eight kills. Sophomore Kendall Courtney tallied five service aces to go along with 34 assists.

“It nice to end a weekend with some momentum,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “We were able to use several different lineups in the last two matches which will help us in the long run. Now, we look forward to preparing for our final non-conference matches before A-Sun play.”

The Tigers (0-9) finished the day with a -0.58 hitting percentage (14-18-69). Asiha Williams and Bianca Helton each tallied three kills to lead the offense.

In the first set, the Dolphins took a 6-0 lead on service ace by Courtney. JU got consecutive kills from Loeppky for a 12-4 advantage, while senior Ashley August extended the score to 21-11 on a service ace. The Tigers picked up two late points, but kills by Loeppky and freshman Nadia Booker gave JU the set.

In the second set, a kill by Brianna Dennis helped the Tigers take a 7-6 lead. The Dolphins regained the lead with a 6-0 run, capped on an attack error, for a 12-7 advantage. JU finished the set on a 13-5 run, capped on two kills from Loeppky.

In the third set, JU recorded an 11-4 advantage from a kill by senior Alliya Drzewiecki. After a kill by Williams made it a 16-8 Tigers deficit, the Dolphins extended the lead to 24-10 on a kill by Cullen to end an 8-2 run. The Tigers secured two late aces, but sophomore Alyssa Robertson added a kill to lock up the win.

The Dolphins are back in action starting Friday with the UCF Challenge in Orlando, Fla. They open with FIU before finishing the next day against UCF or UTEP. JU closes the weekend at Swisher Gymnasium next Sunday with Troy at 5 p.m.