THURSDAY, MARCH 08, 2012
Sand Volleyball hosts UNF for inaugural match Friday
Kendall Courtney (left) & Kathryn Kane (right) will compete for JU on Friday.
Kendall Courtney (left) & Kathryn Kane (right) will compete for JU on Friday.
A lot of firsts will happen for the JU sand volleyball team when it hosts North Florida for its inaugural match at 1 p.m. Friday at the Dolphin Beach Volleyball Complex.

Obviously, it will be the first match for the Dolphins in the sand volleyball world after adding the sport last May. JU is in a group of more than 20 schools competing in the first season of the sport.

It’s also the first competition for the Dolphins under new head coach Michelle Collier.

“We are super excited to get our inaugural sand volleyball season under way,” Collier said. “We hope our fans take advantage of our great facility and beautiful view and come support our girls because they have worked hard and are looking forward to start competing.”

Each sand competition will consist of five matches between pairs. The winning team will need to win three matches in a best-of-five format. The separate matches will be conducted as best-of-three set competitions, with rally scoring to 21 in the first two sets and to 15 in the third. Teams must win by at least two points in all cases.

“Sand volleyball is a sport that is getting more and more popular in the United States,” Collier said. “We are happy and proud to have a program here at JU and provide our student athletes with this very unique experience. I am looking forward to the sand volleyball season and definitely not worried about spending some time outside enjoying the beautiful Florida weather.”

The Dolphins have competed sparingly in sand events over the last three seasons to get ready for the NCAA adding the sport.

Last season, JU finished third overall at the Fiesta on Siesta Key Sand Tournament – an event they will compete in again on April 13-14. The Dolphins would also have three pairs reach gold medal round of the Siesta Key Tourney.

The returning pair of senior Kathryn Kane and sophomore Kendall Courtney placed first their respective pool before finishing 9th in the Gold Bracket. Another pair coming back, Alison Loeppky and Nicole Teplitz, placed fourth before exiting in the Copper Bracket.