Volleyball shuts out Savannah State, 3-0
Sophomore Taylor Nyquist
Sophomore Taylor Nyquist
The JU volleyball team opened the Spring Hill Suites Invitational with a 3-0 win (25-9, 25-14, 25-10) against Savannah State Friday afternoon at Hanner Fieldhouse.

Sophomore Taylor Nyquist is bouncing back from her 2011 injury after leading the Dolphins (2-8) with nine kills and two aces. Junior Alyssa Robertson had seven kills, while junior Kylie Jacob chipped in with six kills. Junior Kendall Courtney had four aces to go along with 30 assists.

“This match was highlighted by a very good performance from every player on our roster,” JU head coach Michelle Collier said. “The team stayed focused and played with high energy the entire match. Now, we have to continue to build up on this win and prepare for a big challenge tonight.”

The Dolphins held the Tigers (0-14) to a .015 hitting percentage (18-17-65) for the win. Bryana Gadis recorded six kills to lead Savannah State.

In the first set, the Dolphins opened with a 14-4 lead on an ace from Nyquist. Savannah State pulled within nine, 15-6, on a JU attack error before Courtney added two aces for an 18-6 advantage. Gadis had a late kill, but the Dolphins used a 6-1 run to take the set.

In the second set, the Tigers pulled an early deficit to 9-6 on a Nyquist error. Nyquist made up for it with three kills to help extend JU’s lead to 14-9. JU suffered another attack error before a kill by freshman Emily Laskelle sparked a 10-4 run to win the set.

In the final set, the Dolphins earned a 4-0 lead on four straight errors. After a Tigers kill, Robertson recorded five kills inside of an 11-3 JU stretch to give JU a 15-3 advantage. The Tigers matched the Dolphins late, but a Jacob kill and ace from freshman Gabriela Roman secured the win.

The Dolphins finish the day against South Alabama at 5 p.m. Fans can follow the live stats at