JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University volleyball team wore their game faces and finished 2-for-2 over the weekend, trumping Northern Kentucky, 3-1, Saturday afternoon. The Dolphins held NKU to less than 20 points in every winning set -- 25-16, 22-25, 25-14 and 25-17.
Jacksonville improves to 3-1 in the Atlantic Sun and 12-2 overall, while NKU falls to 0-3 in A-Sun and 5-10 overall.
On the day, three Dolphins recorded double-doubles, with Sammie Strausbaugh earning her second of the weekend. Strausbaugh, who recorded 12 kills and 17 digs against Lipscomb, tallied 15 and 10, respectively, over Northern Kentucky. Taylor Nyquist had 12 kills and 14 digs, while Gabriela Roman made 11 kills and 11 digs. Alyssa Robertson, who recorded a .524 attack percentage, totaled 12 kills, while Kylie Jacob made 11.
Rachel Miller hit double-digits in digs (14) and Kendall Courtney made 53 set assists.
As a team, JU tallied 63 kills and 60 digs.
With the match tied 1-1, JU broke away in the third set from a familiar 9-9 tie to command 21-13. The Dolphins rallied four straight points three times and three straight points once, earning the final four from a 22-14 lead to a 25-14 set win with three kills and a ball handling error.
A 3-0 upper hand increased JU’s fiery momentum in the fourth set to lead 12-6, 17-10 and eventually 25-17 for the match.
In the opening set, JU held a 16-11 lead until NKU tallied two points on two kills to stand 16-13. JU then retaliated with two kills and a service ace for a 19-13 advantage. For the remainder, JU earned six points to NKU’s three to win 25-16.
The second set was a nail biter. After a close start to a 9-9 tie, JU advanced to 12-9 on a Roman kill, an attack error and a service ace. But before long, NKU stormed back to edge 18-13, including a run of seven straight points. JU put down six kills and had three service errors to come back to a 22-23 score but eventually NKU won its only set, 25-22.
Next, Jacksonville will compete at Kennesaw State on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. and at Mercer on Oct. 5 at 3 p.m.