JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The
Jacksonville University volleyball team continued its torrid start to the 2013
season, winning two more matches on Saturday to improve to 6-0 on the season.
The Dolphins return to action on Thursday and Friday at the FIU Invitational.
JU will meet FIU on Thursday night, before playing two matches with South
Dakota State and Chattanooga on Friday.
Jacksonville 3, Mississippi Valley State
(25-8, 25-15, 25-12)
The Dolphins overwhelmed Mississippi Valley State in Saturday’s opening
contest, winning easily in straight sets. Kylie Jacob hit .625 in the match en
route to a match-high 12 kills, adding six blocks, and Alyssa Robertson was a
perfect 8-for-8 on the attack, scoring on every opportunity given to her.
Taylor Nyquist had six of JU’s 13 service aces. Jacksonville’s dominance
extended to its defense, holding the Devilettes to a -.065 hitting percentage.
The Dolphins put themselves in command from the get-go, upping a 5-3 lead to
12-3 with Nyquist on serve. MVSU dug a hole they couldn’t climb out of,
allowing four aces from the Jacksonville junior over that stretch. When the
Dolphins weren’t scoring off their serve, they were getting points out of their
offense, hitting a remarkable .722 in the first set. JU tallied 14 kills in the
first set against just one error to grab a 1-0 lead.
A 6-0 Jacksonville advantage immediately out of the gates in the second set
proved too much for the Devilettes to overcome. Emily Laskelle provided the
bookends to the Dolphin run before MVSU could get on the board. The lead grew
to double-digits for the first time at 12-2, but the visitors continued to
fight and got as close as seven as the set moved forward. Still, JU was never
in any real danger and back-to-back points from Nyquist and a Devilette attack
error gave Jacksonville the 25-15 win.
JU closed out the sweep with a 25-12 victory in the third. Jacob scored on each
of her seven attacks in the set to propel the Jacksonville offense. Her final
kill of the morning and a putaway from Lyndsey Lane ended the match in under an
hour as the Dolphins improved to 5-0 and prepared for their tournament finale
against Florida Atlantic.
Jacksonville 3, Florida Atlantic 1
(17-25, 25-20, 27-25, 25-20)
After steamrolling its last two opponents, the Dolphins found
themselves in unfamiliar territory in the Florida Atlantic rematch. The
Dolphins trailed all of the first set but ground out the next three for the
FAU turned the pressure on early in the matchup and led by
as much as seven in the opening period. JU’s offensive struggles seemed to
carry into the second set until Gabriela Roman turned it around for the team.
The Owls had built a slight edge until kills from Roman allowed JU to separate
itself and eventually take the set.
Both teams were determined to come away with set three and
fought hard for every point. Unlike the previous sets, neither team was able to
truly break away from the other. Knotted at 23-23, the teams tied two more
times before a kill from Taylor Nyquist ended the set, 27-25.
Jacksonville hitting was much improved in the fourth and
final set. Great scoring production from
the Dolphins allowed them to cruise to the victory behind four kills apiece
from Strausbaugh, Jacob and Roman.
Kylie Jacob - Jacksonville
Kendall Courtney - Jacksonville
(MVP) Sammie Strausbaugh - Jacksonville
Halle Clark - Mississippi Valley State
Meredith Parrott - Charleston Southern
Kristi Tekavec - Florida Atlantic
Katarina Stepanovic - Florida Atlantic