THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012
Volleyball begins tough home stand Friday
The JU volleyball team will look to break a two-game losing skid against two of the top three A-Sun teams starting Friday in Swisher Gymnasium.

The Dolphins (4-18, 2-7 A-Sun) will host the third-best conference team and A-Sun newcomer Northern Kentucky Friday at 7 p.m. JU plays second-place Lipscomb Saturday at 5 p.m.

“Our team is looking forward to start the second half of conference at home," JU head coach Michelle Collier said. "We will be playing very talented teams and we will need to perform at a very high level Friday and Saturday. The team has worked hard this week and it will be a great volleyball weekend.”

JU comes back home after dropping a pair of 3-0 matches last weekend at East Tennessee State and USC Upstate.

Junior Kyle Jacob and sophomore Sammie Strausbaugh stayed consistent through the two matches to lead the JU offense.

Strausbaugh and Jacob each had eight kills and four blocks in the ETSU loss. They followed it when seven kills the next day at USC Upstate. Jacob also had five blocks against the Spartans.

The Norse (18-4, 6-3) have won four of the last six A-Sun matches since downing the Dolphins in their first meeting Sept. 22. NKU dropped a 3-1 decision at home against Florida Gulf Coast in its latest action.

Shelby Buschur (260) is one of three Norse players with more than 200 kills. Kelly Morrissey (232) and Haley Lippert (222) ranked second and third, respectively, behind Buschur in kills.

The Lady Bisons (11-9, 8-1) have won six of seven matches since beating the Dolphins, 3-0, Sept. 21 in Allen Arena. Lipscomb’s lone loss came to FGCU, which broke its 29 consecutive home-match winning streak that dated back to 2008.

Kaycee Green leads the offense with 266 kills, while Lauren Ford is barely behind her at 265 kills. Caitlin Dobson is also at the 200-kill barrier with 231. Stephanie Rex is at 265 digs to pace the Lady Bisons defense.

Fans can follow the action through the live links at JUDolphins.com.