Game Time: Thursday, November 17 at 6:00 pm
Location: Allen Arena (Nashville, Tenn.)
Opponent: Florida Gulf Coast
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jacksonville University's volleyball team will battle Florida Gulf Coast for the third time this season in the quarterfinals of the ASUN Conference Tournament.
"We are so excited about heading up to Nashville to compete in the ASUN Championships," said Darty. "This season was one of growth and development and we have a late season surge in the level we are playing at."
The Dolphins closed out the regular season with two losses to regular season co-champs Lipscomb and Kennesaw State in straight sets, but don't let that be in indication of how they've been playing. JU won five of its previous seven games before that, including a five-set victory over Stetson at the end of October.
In their final two games against the ASUN Regular Season Co-Champs Lipscomb and Kennesaw State, however, Mallory Mattingly combined for 20 kills, Jizzyan Gesulado had 47 digs, and Mackenzie Swan finished with 24 digs.
Florida Gulf Coast
The Dolphins and the Eagles have met just twice before in the ASUN Tournament, with the postseason series tied at 1-1. JU won the most recent matchup in 2014, 3-1.
In JU's two games against the Eagles earlier this season, Mattingly tallied 16 kills and 13 digs, Jessica Armstrong recorded 13 kills, and Jizzyan Gesualdo had 43 assists. Defensively, Swan tallied 29 digs and Armstrong added five total blocks.
Coach Darty's Analysis: "I am really excited that this team was able to secure a spot in the post-season," said Darty. "We had a lot of youth on our team who have never been to the conference tournament and they had no idea how tough this league was. For us to battle through the regular season and fight hard enough to get in the tournament, I think that was great for us. FGCU is a well-coached and well-trained team. They are stacked full of tremendous players and we are going to have our work cut out for us. We are really dialed in on focusing on us and executing our game plan. If we commit to playing scrappy defense, you never know what can happen in the post-season. I know the girls are excited for this experience and we are just so happy to have the opportunity to compete."
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