JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University's volleyball team will briefly step out of ASUN Conference competition Tuesday when the Dolphins travel to Daytona Beach, Fla., to take on the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University.
"We are excited to compete midweek and continue to try and build on how we are playing right now," said Head Coach Julie Darty. "We have to focus and get dialed in for Bethune as they are playing well right now, coming off a win this weekend."
- Jacksonville has never lost to Bethune-Cookman. The Dolphins are 48-0 against the Wildcats.
- Darty is 2-0 against the Wildcats. Her 2014 squad played against Bethune-Cookman twice, once in a tournament the Dolphins hosted and once at Bethune-Cookman. The two teams haven't met since.
- JU is 4-2 in four set matches this season.
- Jizzyan Gesualdo now has 3,016 career assists. She leads the ASUN's active players in career assists, and is fifth all-time in JU's history. She needs 118 to tie for fourth place.
- Mackenzie Swan was named the ASUN Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row on Monday. This is just the second time in ASUN history that a student-athlete has been named the ASUN Defensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks.
- Mallory Mattingly is ninth in the ASUN with 2.61 kills per set, and Jessica Armstrong is 10th in the league with 2.54 kills per set.
Scouting the Wildcats
Bethune-Cookman is 5-17 this season and 3-2 in conference play. The Wildcats are 0-4 against ASUN teams this season (0-2 vs North Florida, 0-1 vs Stetson, 0-1 vs Florida Gulf Coast). They're averaging 10.6 kills per set, 10.1 assists per set, and 16.0 digs per set. Alana Handy leads the team offensively with 2.87 kills per set, and Normarie Rolon Soto paces the defense with 3.19 digs per set. Bethune-Cookman is coached by Brittany Williams.
Up Next for JU
The Dolphins wrap up their six-game road trip at the University of North Florida on Friday night. That will be followed by a four-game home stand that begins with Stetson on October 28.