Volleyball falls to South Alabama, 3-0
Junior Kylie Jacob
Junior Kylie Jacob
The JU volleyball team couldn’t sustain its momentum from earlier in the day after falling to South Alabama, 3-0 (18-25, 20-25, 10-25), Friday at the Spring Hill Suites Invitational.

The Dolphins (2-9), who beat Savannah State at noon, were plagued with 18 attack errors and five service and reception errors. Savannah Stewart had 13 of the Jaguars’ (6-6) 45 kills as they finished with a .463 hitting percentage.

“Our defense did not play as well as we needed them to in this match,” JU head coach Michelle Collier said. “We just kept committing unforced errors, which kept us away from having a chance to put ourselves in a better position to compete in the match. We will put this match behind us and prepare for two very tough opponents tomorrow.”

Lindsay Schwartz chipped in with nine kills for South Alabama, while Jenna Hassell recorded 10 digs. Freshman Gabriela Roman recorded eight kills to lead the JU offense. Senior Alison Loeppky and junior Kylie Jacob each finished with six kills.

In the first set, a Schwartz kill gave the Jaguars an early 7-3 advantage. Freshman Sammie Strausbaugh had a kill to make it an 11-8 deficit, but two errors killed JU’s momentum and forced a timeout. The Dolphins closed the gap to 13-10 on a Strausbaugh ace before the Jaguars recorded a 10-5 run to take a 23-15 lead. A Jacob kill got the Dolphins to 24-18, but Torlandria Jones had a kill to close the set.

In the second set, the Dolphin a 12-7 advantage on two Loeppky kills. A 6-1 South Alabama stretch, capped on a bad set by JU, helped them tie it at 13. The lead seesawed a few times until South Alabama grabbed a 21-17 lead on a service error. Strausbaugh and Jacob each had kills to make it a 21-19 JU deficit, but consecutive errors paved the way for another Jaguars set victory.

In the final set, the Jaguars took a 12-4 advantage on a Stewart kill. Roman got the Dolphins to a 13-7 deficit with a kill, but the Jaguars ended the set on a 12-3 run to secure the win.

The Dolphins open the final day of the tournament tomorrow against Wisconsin at 10 a.m. They play host Georgia Southern at 6 p.m. Fans can follow the matches through live stats at