TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
Volleyball shuts out Stetson, 3-0
The JU volleyball team ended its season-opening, 16-match road trip on a high note by downing Stetson, 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-17), in A-Sun action Tuesday night.

Freshman Gabriela Roman had 11 kills and nine digs to lead the Dolphins (3-13, 1-2 A-Sun) offense. Sophomore Taylor Nyquist added 10 kills, while junior Kendall Courtney recorded 31 assists and 12 digs to help the cause.

“I am very happy with the result,” JU head Michelle Collier said. “We played very well from start to finish. This was a great way to end the road trip and we are excited to finally be at home Friday.”

The Dolphins limited the Hatters (3-15, 0-3) to 22 errors and a .104 hitting percentage in the three sets. Kelli Carneal recorded 11 kills and 13 assists to pace the offense. Monique Russell finished with 12 digs.

In the first set, the lead went back and forth the whole frame until kills by Roman and freshman Sammie Strausbaugh gave JU a 20-17 advantage. After a Stetson timeout, the Hatters cut the deficit to 20-19 on a Russell ace. JU called a timeout to regroup before Roman added two kills to give JU set point, 24-19. The Hatters picked up a point on an error, but a kill from junior Kylie Jacob helped the Dolphins grab the set.

In the second set, the Hatters took a 7-5 lead on a block error by JU. The Dolphins used a 12-6 run, capped on a Nyquist kill and ace, to build a 17-13 advantage. Ellen Hawks countered with a kill to break up the stretch, but JU built a 23-16 lead on two straight Stetson errors. Jacob closed the set again with a kill to give JU a 2-0 advantage.

In the final set, a Nyquist kill helped the Dolphins build a 12-9 lead. JU errors helped Stetson cut the deficit to 13-12. After a timeout, the Dolphins used a 9-2 stretch, capped on a Roman kill, to extend their lead to 22-15. A Nyquist kill and a Hatters’ error allowed the Dolphins to secure the win.

The Dolphins will finally host their first home match Friday against cross-town rival North Florida in Swisher Gymnasium. First serve for this SunTrust River City Rumble match is set for 7 p.m.