JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Despite a double-double performance from Mallory Mattingly, Jacksonville University's volleyball team fell to ASUN Conference rival Florida Gulf Coast, 3-0, Saturday afternoon at Historic Swisher Gymnasium.
"It was a weird match," said Head Coach Julie Darty. "There were moments where I thought we were in it and we were hanging with them and I'm not sure if we were surprised that we were in it and we were so close, or what. There's a lack of consistency in the way we play and FGCU is such a solid, consistent, well-coached team that you have to be committed to being a consistent team on our side as well."
The freshman from Sanford, Fla., finished the night with 14 kills and 11 digs, her seventh double-double this season, to lead the Dolphins (7-16, 3-7 ASUN). The victory lifts the Eagles to 22-4 overall and 8-2 in league play.
"Mallory had another fantastic night with her double-double. Her play right now is really big for us; she's stepping up nicely. We're still working on trying to be a balanced offensive attacking team. We have big nights with some people on Friday and then Saturday, we don't have it," continued Darty.
The Eagles took both sets one and two by an identical score of 25-19. The first set saw the visitors close out the game with five-straight points to take an early 1-0 advantage. After falling behind 7-2 in the second set, JU used its own five-point rally in the middle of the set to come within four, 20-16. Despite the Dolphin rally, however, the visitors held on to keep control of game two.
In similar fashion as the opening set, the Eagles capitalized on the final four points of the game to close out the match, 25-17.
The Dolphins returns to Historic Swisher Gymnasium Friday, November 4 to face USC Upstate. Opening serve is slated for 7 p.m.
"I'm excited about a week of practice, two more home matches," concluded Darty. "Upstate and NJIT come here next weekend. I think it'll be fun to celebrate Jizzy on Saturday and celebrate the career she's had here, so hopefully we can defend out home court next weekend with those big conference matches."