Volleyball rumbles with cross-town rival UNF on Friday
The JU volleyball team will be looking to shake its bad mojo, starting Friday at 7 p.m. with a trip to cross-town rival North Florida.

The Dolphins (10-13, 3-5 A-Sun) will be to snap a three-match losing streak while getting off to a good start in one of the first installments of the SunTrust River City Rumble between the two schools.

Following Friday’s matchup, the Dolphins close the weekend at Swisher Gymnasium against Bethune-Cookman (Saturday, 5 p.m.) and Florida A&M (Sunday, 3 p.m.).

“We always look forward to UNF week because it’s a great local rivalry,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “The team has been making strides in practice and we look forward to seeing the results on the court.”

Like most of the A-Sun, the Dolphins felt the losing sting from Lipscomb and Belmont last week at home, falling 3-0 and 3-1, respectively.

Senior Alliya Drzewiecki tallied a combined 15 kills in two matches to pace the offense and freshman Jena Orner had 23 digs in extended action at libero.

Drzewiecki currently leads the Dolphins with 211 kills. Junior Alison Loeppky is second in kills with 187 and first in blocks with 60.

The Ospreys (9-14, 2-6) snapped a five-match losing streak with a 3-0 sweep against the Lady Wildcats (9-13) on Tuesday in Daytona Beach, Fla. Dagnija Medina led the way for the Ospreys finishing with eight kills and no errors in 12 attempts for a .667 clip.

Paige Pridgeon has registered a team-best 277 kills for UNF in 85 sets and ranks second in digs with 219. Anna Budinska is second with 158 kills and Carolyn Jenkins has helped UNF at the net with 74 blocks.

Last season, JU won a five-set decision at home, but fell 3-0 to UNF on the last day of regular season to miss the final spot into to the A-Sun Tournament.

The Lady Wildcats has gotten more than 300 kills from Krysta Gardner (321) and Janeen Davis (304). Jennifer Jimenez has recorded 250 digs.

Earlier this season, the Dolphins secured a 3-2 victory against the Lady Wildcats in Daytona Beach on August 30. Sophomore Kylie Jacob paced the JU offense with 13 kills. Sophomore Taylor Nyquist added 12 kills and Drzewiecki finished with 11 kills.

The Lady Rattlers (5-11) have won the last five matches, including a 3-1 decision over rival Bethune-Cookman on Oct. 14.

Maria Ceccarelli leads Florida A&M with 169 kills and Katherine Huanec is second with 150.

In their first meeting, JU came away with a 3-1 win in Tallahassee, Fla. on Sept. 4. Junior Alison Loeppky paced the Dolphins with 14 kills, while Nyquist added 12 kills and seven digs. Senior Ashley August tallied a team-high 15 digs and freshman Cari Whitmire was voted the team’s MVP of the contest after recording eight digs and an ace.

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