Following the matchup, the Dolphins (3-15, 1-4 A-Sun) will host Mercer the next day at 3 p.m. to round out the home stand. Fans can follow both matches on live stats, while Saturday’s contest will be on A-Sun.TV.
“They are both going to be a challenge for us,” JU head coach Michelle Collier said. “The good thing is that it’s at home. We feel comfortable in our surroundings and will have our crowd supporting us. Both squads have had good preseasons, but we are going prepare the best we can to come away with a win.”
On Tuesday, the Dolphins suffered their second straight home loss by falling to Florida Gulf Coast in three sets (18-25, 23-25, 19-25). It’s the first time since the 2004 A-Sun championship season that the Dolphins have started 0-2 at home.
Freshman Gabriela Roman (10 kills, 10 digs) and junior Kendall Courtney (32 assists, 10 digs) each had double-doubles to lead the Dolphins. Junior Kyle Jacob had eight kills and five blocks.
The Owls (13-7, 2-3) dropped three-set matches to Lipscomb and Northern Kentucky before breaking the losing skid with a win against Alabama State Tuesday.
Turea Jones has more than 200 kills (216) and digs (213) to help power the Kennesaw State attack. Camille Pedraza has a team-best 279 digs, while Keyaira Stevenson.
The Bears (6-9, 2-3), who play at North Florida, have dropped their last three A-Sun matches since opening the conference with wins against East Tennessee State and Stetson.
Molly Locke (186) is one of three Mercer players with 100 kills, while Jamie Duffy (197) will be over the 200-dig barrier Friday.
Last season, the Dolphins won both contests against Mercer, but lost in their only match to Kennesaw State at home.
Following Saturday’s match, the Dolphins will host a kid’s clinic for ages 10-18 on the court.