Volleyball swept by FGCU, 3-0
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Junior Kendall Courtney
Florida Gulf Coast defeated the JU volleyball team in three sets (18-25, 23-25,19-25) Tuesday night in A-Sun action at Swisher Gymnasium.

Jill Hopper recorded 11 kills, seven digs and three blocks in helping the Eagles (10-7, 6-0 A-Sun) stay perfect in conference play. Brittany Muse and Olivia Mesner each added nine kills, while Gigi Meyer finished with 20 digs.

“This wasn’t our night,” JU head coach Michelle Collier said. “We couldn’t find a consistent rhythm the entire match. We are still making the same mistakes and need to find a way to correct them before we play again Friday.”

The Dolphins (3-15, 1-4) got double-doubles from freshman Gabriela Roman (10 kills, 10 digs) and junior Kendall Courtney (32 assists, 10 digs). Junior Kyle Jacob had eight kills and five blocks.

In the first set, the Eagles took a 13-6 lead on a Hopper kill. The Dolphins countered with a 7-2 run, capped on two errors, to cut the deficit to 15-14. After a FGCU timeout, the Eagles took a 19-16 advantage on kills from Hopper and Muse. JU picked up a point on a service error, but committed six errors in the next seven points to give FGCU the set.

In the second set, Roman gave the Dolphins an early 10-7 lead on consecutive kills. Following a timeout, the teams traded leads until the Eagles took a 21-19 advantage on a Hopper kill. JU battled to tie it at 23 on error before FGCU recorded two kills to win the set.

In the third set, the Dolphins erased an 8-3 deficit with an 11-5 stretch, capped on a kill by sophomore Taylor Nyquist, for a 14-13 lead. The teams tied four more times before Mesner put FGCU up 22-18 on a kill. Two errors and a Christine Pinder kill helped the Eagles secure the win.

The Dolphins host Kennesaw State for an A-Sun match Friday in Swisher Gymnasium at 7 p.m.