JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After winning the 2013 Atlantic Sun Tournament title last Saturday, the Jacksonville University volleyball team ended their regular-season run on a 10-match win streak with a 3-1 victory over MEAC member Florida A&M on Tuesday. The Fins won 25-22, 18-25, 25-10 and 25-17.
With the win, the Dolphins improve to 30-3 overall on the season, tying the 1982 team’s 30-win record. They also have tallied just three losses, which is the fewest in the program’s 41-year history.
Sammie Strausbaugh tallied a match-high 17 kills and hit a JU best .571, while both Alyssa Robertson and Taylor Nyquist recorded 12 kills. Kylie Jacob followed with nine kills. Mayara Prestes earned a match-best 12 digs, followed by Strausbaugh’s seven. Jacob supplied a match-high seven block assists, followed by Emily Laskelle’s five.
The first set was neck and neck with the team hitting percentage total the closest of the match; Jacksonville hit .282 and FAMU hit .219. JU broke away from an 18-16 deficit to a 21-18 lead on a five-point run from four kills and a Nyquist service ace. The Fins won the set, 25-22, ending on a Strausbaugh kill.
The second set began even as well, until FAMU gained momentum and rallied on streaks. Down 14-12, the Rattlers tallied seven of eight straight points to lead 19-15 and controlled from 20-17 to 23-17 on four straight before winning their only set of the match, 25-18. FAMU hit .375 to JU’s .214.
Jacksonville ran to a 6-2 advantage to start the third, scoring on six straight, including three consecutive Strausbaugh service aces. The Fins led 12-6, 22-9 and eventually won 25-10 after three straight points to end the set. They hit a match-best .611, compared to FAMU’s -.083.
In the fourth and final set, JU again controlled once more with its largest run of five from 11-5 to 15-5. The Fins ended on another Strausbaugh kill and as a team outhit FAMU .333 to .111.
Next, the volleyball team will compete in the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship.