MONDAY, OCTOBER 01, 2007
Dolphins enjoy clean sweep in A-Sun action over the weekend
Oct. 1, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It was a great weekend to be a Dolphin as volleyball, men's soccer and women's soccer each won a pair of matches to go a combined 6-0 in Atlantic Sun Conference action for the first time since JU joined the conference in 1999.
The closest JU has come to sweeping a conference weekend came on two occasions as all three sports combined for a 5-1 record in 1999 and 2002. Each time, volleyball was the lone program to have a blemish on its record for the weekend.
This year, volleyball set the tone with a pair of 3-0 victories over Mercer and Kennesaw State at Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins have now won a season-high four consecutive matches and have lost only one game during that span (12-1), in a 3-1 win at UNC-Asheville on Sept. 23. Senior middle blocker Melissa Merchant (2.4 blocks per game) and sophomore libero Michelle Walroth (5.83 digs per game) kept up their conference leading paces over the weekend.
After ending a season-high six-game road trip to open the season, the men's soccer squad kicked off the conference schedule in fine fashion with wins over Gardner-Webb (2-1) and USC Upstate (4-1) at the Ashley Sports Complex. The Dolphins have now won three consecutive matches in which they have outscored their opponents, 7-2, during that span. Junior forward Sebastian Lindholm provided the most punch for the JU offense by tallying a hat trick against the Spartans.
The toughest quest for the weekend came from women's soccer as the Dolphins opened the conference season on the road with hard fought victories over USC Upstate (2-0) and East Tennessee State (3-2). The Dolphins opened up A-Sun play with consecutive wins for the first time since 2004 and junior forward Keri Zwikker registered two goals in each contest to run her conference leading total to 11 goals.
All three squads will return to action this weekend as volleyball travels to Campbell (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Gardner-Webb (Saturday, 5 p.m.), men's soccer travels to Campbell (Thursday, 7 p.m.) and Mercer (Saturday, 7 p.m.) and women's soccer hosts Mercer (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Kennesaw State (Sunday, 2 p.m.).