Volleyball falls to North Florida, 3-0
Junior Kylie Jacob
Junior Kylie Jacob
North Florida earned a berth into the A-Sun Tournament with a 3-0 win (18-25, 16-25, 23-25) over the JU volleyball team Saturday night at UNF Arena.

Paige Pridgeon recorded 18 kills, 11 digs and three aces to lead the Ospreys (18-11, 9-7 A-Sun) to another point in the SunTrust River City Rumble standings. Danija Medina tallied 11 kills to help the cause.

“We struggled too much early,” JU head coach Michelle Collier said. “We weren’t very consistent and can’t do that against a team like UNF. We only have two conference matches left and we need our best effort in both to gain a postseason berth.”

Freshman Sammie Strausbaugh had seven kills and six digs to lead the Dolphins (7-22, 5-11) offense. Junior Kylie Jacob had six kills, while four other Dolphins finished with four kills.

In the first set, Jacob tied the score at nine with a kill for JU. She added another kill to cut a deficit to 11-10, but the Ospreys rattled off three straight points extend the advantage. JU trimmed the lead to 17-15 before a Pridgeon kill capped a 6-1 UNF run for a 23-16 advantage. The Ospreys got another Pridgeon kill and block to take the set.

In the second set, three straight aces from Britt Claessens helped UNF race out to a 6-1 lead. The Dolphins cut the deficit to 9-4 on a Jacob kill. The Ospreys capped a 7-4 run on a JU error to take a 16-7 lead and force a Dolphins’ timeout. Trailing 22-9, the Dolphins found some life with 6-1 run, capped on a kill from junior Kendall Courtney, to make it a 23-15 deficit. UNF closed the set again on a block and Pridgeon kill for the 2-0 lead.

In the third set, the Dolphins opened with a 6-3 lead on kill from sophomore Taylor Nyquist. The teams traded the lead for the rest of the set until the Ospreys gain a 23-21 advantage on a Marija Pantovic ace. Jacob added a kill, but a Carolyn Jenkins kill set up match point for the Ospreys. After a JU kill, Jenkins picked up another kill to secure the UNF win.

The Dolphins return to action Wednesday with a non-conference match against Bethune Cookman in Daytona Beach, Fla. First serve is set for 7 p.m.