Volleyball outlasts Stetson, 3-2
Junior Alison Loeppky records six blocks in win at Stetson
Junior Alison Loeppky records six blocks in win at Stetson
The JU volleyball team’s losing streak finally came to an end with a 3-2 victory (23-25, 25-16, 25-16, 18-25, 15-13) against Stetson in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Saturday.

Junior Alison Loeppky paced the Dolphins (8-9, 1-1 A-Sun) with 14 kills and six blocks to break JU’s four-match losing streak. It’s also the Dolphins first five-set win since defeating Clemson on Sept. 2.

Sophomore Niatha Cullen added 12 kills and 12 digs, while senior Alliya Drzewiecki finished with 11 kills for JU.

“It’s nice to get back in the win column,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “We didn’t have our best match, but we found a way to win. Now, we need to build off of this win starting next Friday.”

The Hatters (2-9, 0-2), who won their first set against JU since 2004, got 16 kills and 10 digs from Kaley Melville. Kaylee Ream also had 15 kills for Stetson.

In the first set, the Dolphins tied it at 8-8 on a Hatters’ attack error. The Hatters took an 13-10 lead on a Erika White kill and held the advantage until the Dolphins later tied it at 20-20 on an error. Loeppky recorded a kill to tie it for JU at 23-23, but Stetson used a kill by Melville and an error to take the set.

In the second set, a kill by Melville cut a Hatters’ deficit to 13-11. Cullen put the Dolphins up 16-13 on a kill which sparked a 9-6 run to get JU the set.

In the third set, the Dolphins opened with a 7-3 lead on an attack error from Ream. The Hatters made it a 9-5 deficit on a kill, but JU opened the lead up for a 10-4 run, capped on Loeppky kill, for a 19-9 advantage. The Dolphins secured the set on a block by sophomore Kylie Jacob and senior Ashley August.

In the fourth set, the Dolphins grabbed a 5-4 lead on a Cullen kill and Hatters’ attack error. The score flip back and forth until JU tied it at 12-12 on a Loeppky kill. The Hatters broke free with an 8-2 run, capped on a Taylor Story kill, for a 20-14 advantage. Melville and Madison Anderson each recorded kills to help Stetson force a fifth set.

In the fifth set, the Hatters took an 8-4 lead on a JU attack error. Jacob and Cullen each tallied a kill to cap a 6-2 run to tie the set at 10-10. The teams tied three more times before JU took a 14-13 lead on a service error. Loeppky and sophomore Alyssa Robertson picked up a block to end JU’s losing streak.

The Dolphins return to Swisher Gymnasium on Friday to host Mercer at 7 p.m.