JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University volleyball team took down Lipscomb Friday night, 3-1, in Atlantic Sun play. The Dolphins won the first and third sets 25-22 before crushing the fourth 25-13. The Bison took the second set 25-20.
“The whole week we’ve been working really hard with our blocking and our focus as we approach it, this tough weekend, and I think the girls were ready for the match, they executed the game plan as good as you could ask of them,” said head coach Michelle Collier.
JU won with a blowout fourth set, leading at most 23-11 before the final score. The Dolphins opened 3-0 with straight kills by Sammie Strausbaugh and Taylor Nyquist as well as an attack error by Lipscomb’s Jewell Dobson. Narrowly ahead 8-7, JU scored five in a row to lead 13-7 and jumped ahead further from 18-11 to 23-11. The Dolphins tallied the final two points on an Emily Laskelle kill and an attack error. JU had a .345 team attack by set percentage compared to Lipscomb’s -.065.
“I’m just proud of the way that after the Stetson loss, how the team came together and we worked hard and we worked on some things that we needed to get better and it showed this match, so that’s exciting,” Collier said.
In the first set JU led with 17 kills to Lipscomb’s 14. JU held a 9-6 advantage after tallying four straight on an attack error, two service aces and an Alyssa Robertson kill. The Bison caught up for a 14-14 tie but JU broke away once more for a 23-19 lead. On set point at 24-22, Nyquist earned the kill to win.
Lipscomb wanted revenge in the second set and the Bison found it early on, sitting 11-3 after two, two, four and three straight point rallies. JU closed the gap to trail 16-14, but the Bison took the set on a Sophie Kellerman kill. Lipscomb totaled 18 kills, 37 total attacks and 17 digs to JU’s 10, 34 and 11, respectively.
The third was a steady fight. JU racked up consecutive points six times, with its largest breakaway from 14-13 to 18-13. JU held set point at 24-20 with Lipscomb tallying two straight for a 24-22 score until Strausbaugh made the final kill for JU’s 25-22 set win.
“We knew Lipscomb was a big offense powerhouse and [to] just … keep them a little bit outside their comfort zone,” Collier said. “I think we knew we had to play defense and we had to block and serve well and I think the team came ready for that and they executed that at a higher level.
“It was a great win for us [but] we got another tough team tomorrow … we kind of got to celebrate a little bit and then get right back to business.”
Jacksonville rounds out its weekend tomorrow, hosting Northern Kentucky at 4 p.m. at Swisher.