Dolphins Season Ends In TAAC Semifinals

November 19, 1999

Boca Raton, Fla. - Jacksonville's 1999 volleyball season came to a disappointing end Friday night in Boca Raton, Fla. as the Dolphins dropped a 3-1 (4-15, 15-3, 15-9, 15-11) decision to host Florida Atlantic (16-12) in the semifinals of the Trans America Athletic Conference Tournament. With the loss, JU closes out the season at 15-12 overall. With the win, the defending TAAC Champion Owls, who came into the tournament as the number three seed, advance to their second straight conference finals where they will face either top seeded UCF or number four seed Georgia State.

Jacksonville jumped out to a strong start in the match by routing the Owls 15-4 in game one as they held FAU to a -.077 hitting average. FAU, who had defeated Troy State 3-1 in a quarterfinal match earlier in the day, found their legs in game two and scored a 15-3 rout of their own to even the match. FAU held the Dolphins to a .082 hitting average in the pivotal game three as the Owls took a 2-1 lead with a 15-9 victory. JU tried to rally in game four, but the Owls would not be denied as they outhit the Dolphins .246 to .175 to post a 15-11 victory to claim the match. The FAU victory was the second over the Dolphins in three 1999 meetings, the Owls having defeated JU in the Dolphins' early season tournament at Swisher Gymnasium, and Jacksonville having defeated FAU in Boca during TAAC regular season play.

Sophomore Carrie Arago, named TAAC Player-of-the-Year earlier this week, led the Dolphins with 16 kills while adding 17 digs. Senior Kelly Hickam, a 1999 All-TAAC Second Team selection playing in her last match as a Dolphin, recorded 12 kills and a team high 21 digs. Hickam finishes her career with 1,142 digs, second all-time in Dolphin volleyball history, and 921 kills, fourth all-time, becoming just the second player ever at JU to finish her career ranked in the top five in both categories. Sophomore Carrie Bosworth finished a strong 1999 season that included five triple-doubles with 41 assists and 13 digs. Bosworth's 41 assists give her 1,008 for the season, the fourth highest single-season total in school history.

FAU was led by senior Lori Lombard's 19 kills and 22 digs. Heather Chandler recorded 52 assists for the Owls, while Gracie Heim and Dawn Elston added 15 and 12 kills respectively.