JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Wrapping up a six-game road trip on Friday, the Jacksonville University volleyball team returns to Jacksonville to play across town at the University of North Florida. The Ospreys currently lead 2-1 in the season-long River City Rumble.
"We are headed into the second half of our conference schedule and we couldn't be more excited," said Head Coach Julie Darty. "I think our young group is finally understanding how tough our conference is and we seem to be playing with more maturity and poise. I hope we can find ways to continue to play together and build upon some recent success we have had. This is such a fun rivalry and I hope we come in ready to battle."
- Jacksonville has more solo blocks in conference play than any other ASUN team, with 17 overall.
- Jizzyan Gesualdo has 628 assists this season, 4th in the ASUN. She's assisted on 77 percent of all Dolphin kills.
- Gesualdo is just 74 assists away from tying Carrie Bosworth for fourth all-time in JU's career assist list. The senior from Ponce, P.R., had 44 assists against Bethune-Cookman Tuesday to put her career total at 3,060.
- The Dolphins set a season high with nine aces last weekend at Stetson.
- This is the 33rd time JU and North Florida have played each other. UNF leads the all-time series 17-15 after winning the first half of the River City Rumble 3-2 at JU on September 23.
- Jessica Armstrong had six blocks, a match high, in the Dolphins' last meeting against UNF.
- UNF will attempt to earn a season sweep of the Dolphins for the first time since 2012.
Scouting the Ospreys
North Florida is 14-9 this season and 4-3 in conference play. The Ospreys return to UNF arena after a four-game road trip in which they won three games (USC Upstate, NJIT, and Stetson) and lost once (FGCU). Freshman Gabby O'Connell leads the offense with 3.03 kills per set, and is third on the team in digs per set, averaging 2.39. The Ospreys pace the ASUN in blocking with 211 total blocks, and are 12-1 when hitting .200 or better this season.
Up Next for JU
The Dolphins open a four-game home stand that begins with Stetson on October 28, followed by FGCU on October 29.