Sand Volleyball readies for inaugural A-Sun Championship Friday at home
Courtney (left)/Whitmire (right) enter the tourney as JU's top flight
Courtney (left)/Whitmire (right) enter the tourney as JU's top flight
The JU sand volleyball team will ride its recent momentum into the inaugural Atlantic Sun Conference Championship beginning Friday on campus at the Dolphin Beach Volleyball Complex.

The Dolphins, Stetson, North Florida, Florida Gulf Coast and Mercer will compete in a round-robin dual match format for the team championship Friday and Saturday with each of the five teams playing four dual matches.

Sunday’s play will consist of a single elimination pair’s tournament based on the results from the round robin dual matches the two previous days.

“We are looking forward to this weekend and hosting the first sand volleyball conference tournament,” JU head coach Michelle Collier said. “It is going to be a great weekend of volleyball. Our team has been working hard to represent Jacksonville University and we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Despite two close 3-2 losses to UNF and Stetson to end the duals slate, the Dolphins bounced back with a second place finish for the second straight season the Fiesta at Siesta Key tournament on April 14.

JU had three pairs reach the gold round, led by a fifth-place finishes from Kathryn Kane and Sammie Strausbaugh and Kendall Courtney and Cari Whitmire. Kane and Strausbaugh had a 5-1 record in the tourney, including a win over a pair from Florida State. Junior Nicole Teplitz and sophomore Niatha Cullen also made the gold round for the Dolphins at the Fiesta at Siesta Key, finishing 17th overall.

Whitmire and Courtney rounded out the duals schedule by beating the top pairs from UNF and Stetson who were selected to compete in the inaugural NCAA Sand Volleyball Championships in late April.

Fans can find the sand courts on campus located near the south side of campus across from the John Sessions baseball stadium. Admission for the tournament is free.