JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Returning home to the Historic Swisher Gym for the first time in almost a month, Jacksonville University's volleyball team kicks off a four-game home stand Friday against Stetson, and will face Florida Gulf Coast Saturday afternoon. The Dolphins will give away pizza to the "Splash Zone" student section on #FreePizzaFriday, and both matches this weekend will be #DigPink games.
- The Dolphins are number one in conference play for digs, averaging 16.06 per set & a total of 498
- Jacksonville defeated Bethune-Cookman for the 49th consecutive time last week
- Five-year senior Jizzyan Gesualdo is the ASUN active career leader in assists with 3,105, and is 14th all-time for the conference
- Defensive specialist Mackenzie Swan has dug up 10 or more balls in all 21 of Jacksonville's matches this season and became just the second player in conference history to win back-to-back ASUN Defensive Player of the Week honors earlier this season
- Jacksonville has not lost to the Hatters at home since 1996
- Cristina Finan (18 kills), Amarrah Cooks (21 digs), Gesualdo (8 kills), Mallory Mattingly (15 kills) tied or set new career bests last Friday against UNF
Scouting the Eagles
FGCU is 21-3 this season, 7-1 in the ASUN, and 5-1 at home. The Eagles have shutout their opponents in 15 wins this season, just two shy of the program record of 17 with six games left on their regular season schedule. Florida Gulf Coast is hitting .288, the best mark in the conference and the 10th-best in the NCAA. Amanda Carroll leads the ASUN and is one of the best in the NCAA in kills per set, averaging 4.43.
Scouting the Hatters
Stetson is 4-19 this season and 1-7 in ASUN play. Madison Akins is one of two active ASUN players with over 1,000 career kills, and Shelby Connors is one of only four ASUN student-athletes that has registered five matches with five or more blocks. The Hatters are currently 0-2 against UNF and JU, but have not gone 0-4 against the two squads since 2012.
Up Next for JU
The Dolphins will wrap up the home portion of the 2016 season with USC Upstate on November 4 and NJIT on November 5. Jacksonville will honor its lone senior, Jizzyan Gesualdo, in the November 5 match. Then JU will return to the road November 11 & 12 at Lipscomb and at Kennesaw State.