SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2012
Volleyball falls to Georgia Tech, 3-0
The JU volleyball team continues to struggle in finding its consistency after taking a 3-0 loss (17-25, 16-25, 16-25) to Georgia Tech Saturday morning in the Active Ankle Challenge.

Bailey Hunter posted 11 kills and eight digs to pace the Yellow Jackets (7-1) who finished the match hitting .315 (34-11-73). Quinn Evans added eight kills and had two of Georgia Tech’s eight blocks.

“This was another tough loss for us,” JU head coach Michelle Collier said. “We had a decent start, but couldn’t find a way to sustain it. We will continue to learn from our mistakes and move onto the next match.”

The Dolphins (0-8) were held to a .087 hitting percentage and finished with 18 errors in 80 total attempts. Freshmen Gabriela Roman and Sammie Strausbaugh and senior Alison Loeppky all finished with six kills. Juniors Alyssa Robertson and Kyle Jacob each posted two blocks.

In the first set, the Dolphins capped a 5-1 run on two errors to take an 11-8 lead. Two JU errors and a kill by Hunter tied the set at 11 and prompted a Dolphins’ timeout. Strausbaugh recorded a kill to make it a 13-12 deficit, but the Yellow Jackets pulled away with a 12-5 stretch to take the set.

In the second set, the Dolphins cut an early deficit to 6-4 on a Loeppky kill. An error helped get the Dolphins to 9-6, but a ball handling error capped a 9-2 stretch to give Georgia Tech an 18-8 advantage. JU picked up late kills from Loeppky and Strausbaugh before the Yellow Jackets took the set.

In the third set, Roman got a kill early to tie it at four before the Yellow Jackets countered with an 14-4 stretch to take a 18-8 lead. Georgia Tech closed the win with a kill from Anne Czarnecki and JU attack error.

The Dolphins round out the tournament against Louisiana at 5:30 p.m.