Volleyball Set for Crucial ASUN Weekend

Volleyball Set for Crucial ASUN Weekend

MATCH #17: Jacksonville vs. Kennesaw State Owls
DATE: Friday, Oct. 6 – 4:00 pm
SITE: UNF Arena – Jacksonville, Fla.
2017 RECORDS:  Jacksonville (9-7, 3-0 ASUN); Kennesaw State (9-3, 3-0 ASUN)

MATCH #18: Jacksonville vs. Lipscomb Bisons
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 7 – 4:00 pm
SITE: UNF Arena – Jacksonville, Fla.
2017 RECORDS: Jacksonville (9-7, 3-0 ASUN); Lipscomb (7-8, 1-2 ASUN)
*Lipscomb record prior to Oct. 7

Jacksonville University volleyball looks to extend its four-game win streak this weekend when it welcomes ASUN Conference foes Kennesaw State and Lipscomb to UNF Arena. The Dolphins take on the Owls Friday, Oct. 6 and the Bisons Saturday, Oct. 6. Both matches are set for first serve at 4:00 p.m.

Last Time Out – vs. Bethune-Cookman

The Dolphins extended their dominating all-time series record with the Wildcats to 51-0 after they staged a comeback from a 2-1 deficit to beat Bethune-Cookman in five sets: 22-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-20, 15-12.

Sophomore Alleah Stamatis set a new career best with 60 assists to climb into the Dolphins' all-time list with 575 assists. Classmates Natalie Wehner and Amarrah Cooks also had career nights as Wehner posted 20 kills and 20 digs for her second double-double in three games, and Cooks posted a career-best 16 kills.

Where They Rank …

The Dolphins rank in the top five in the ASUN in each of the statistical categories tracked by the NCAA. JU is in the top three in the league in the following:

  • Digs per set (15.89) – first (80th nationally)
  • Team digs (1,017) – first (65th nationally)
  • Team assists (756) – second (92nd nationally)
  • Blocks per set (1.92) – third
  • Hitting percentage (0.189) – third
  • Opponent hitting percentage (0.190) – third
  • Team attacks per set (36.67) – third (66th nationally)
  • Team total attacks (2,347) – third (67th nationally)
  • Team total blocks (123.0) – third

Individually, several Dolphins rank in the top 10 in the ASUN:

  • Mallory Mattingly leads the ASUN with 658 total attacks (63rd in the nation), and is second in the league with 11.15 attacks per set (47th in the nation).
  • Additionally, Mattingly ranks third in service aces (21), service aces per set (0.36), and points per set (3.97).
  • Mackenzie Swan is currently third in the ASUN with 4.20 digs per set (132nd in the nation) and with 269 total digs.
  • Two Dolphins rank in the top 10 in the ASUN in hitting percentage – Amarrah Cooks ranks fourth  with a .314 hitting percentage, and Olga Nushtayeva is eighth with a .256 hitting percentage.
  • Alleah Stamatis ranks second in the league with 521 assists, and is fourth with 8.14 assists per set.
  • Hannah Marchand and Amarrah Cooks are tied for sixth in the ASUN with 11 solo blocks each, while teammate Olga Nushtayeva ranks ninth with 10.
  • Marchand ranks eighth in the ASUN with 0.86 blocks per set.
  • Cooks and Nustayeva are also tied for ninth in the league with 34 block assists apiece.
  • Cooks ranks ninth in the ASUN with 45 total blocks, while Nushtayeva is 10th with 44 total blocks.

ASUN Weekly Honors

Sophomore outside hitter Mallory Mattingly earned her second career ASUN Conference Player of the Week honor after posting career numbers over the weekend. The Sanford, Fla. native totaled 10 service aces on the weekend – four at USC Upstate and a career-best six at NJIT – to move into third in the league with 21 aces. Mattingly also posted her seventh double-double of the season with 16 kills and 14 digs against the Spartans. The Dolphins swept the weekend with a 3-2 victory over the Spartans and a 3-0 win against the Highlanders.

Hannah Marchand continued to impress in the league after earning her second ASUN Freshman of the Week honors following her performance at UNF on Sept. 22. The Sturgis, Mich. native posted seven kills, three digs, and led the team with six blocks. Marchand previously earned ASUN Freshman of the Week honors Aug. 28 after an impressive weekend at Clemson's Big Orange Bash. The middle-blocker opened her collegiate career with 11 kills and four blocks against Lamar en route to a .476 hitting percentage.

The Series with Kennesaw State

Jacksonville holds an 11-7 advantage in the all-time series with the Owls. Several Dolphins posted five or more kills during the teams' last meeting on Nov. 12 last year: Mallory Mattingly led the team with 12 kills, while Cristina Finan (6 kills), Olga Nushtayeva (6 kills), and Jessica Armstrong (5 kills). Mackenzie Swan added a team-best 16 digs in the match. The Dolphins fell 3-0 to the Owls on their final road weekend of the 2016 regular season.

Scouting the Owls

Kennesaw is currently 9-3 overall on the year and tops the ASUN standings with the Dolphins with a 3-0 league record. The Owls lead the league in holding opponents to a .170 hitting percentage, and are second with a .244 hitting percentage. KSU also ranks third in the ASUN in assists per set (12.07) and kills per set (13.17).

Individually, Kristi Piedimonte is second in the league with 10.21 assists per set, while Liesl Engelbrecht is second with a .357 hitting percentage. Maddie Jones (126, 3.07 kills per set), Anaiah Boyer (110, 3.24 k/s), and Engelbrecht (100, 2.56 k/s) have all posted 100 or more kills so far on the season. Piedimonte is the team's primary setter with 388 assists to her credit, and leads the team with nine service aces.

Defensively, Karatina Morton leads the Owls with 169 digs (4.12 digs per set). Three Owls have posted 20 or more blocks, with Rachel Taylor leading the effort with 30.0 (3 solo blocks, 27 blocks assists). Engelbrecht is close behind with a team-best six solo blocks for 29.0 total blocks, while Sydni Shelton  is third on the team with 23.0 blocks.

The Series with Lipscomb

Lipscomb holds a 7-19 advantage in the all-time series with JU. In the teams' last meeting, the Bisons won, 3-0, in Nashville. During that match, Mattingly led the team with eight kills and six digs, while she, Armstrong, and Nushtayeva tallied two blocks each.

Scouting the Bisons

Lipscomb is 7-8 overall this season, and 1-2 in conference action. The Bisons are tied for fourth in league standings. LU tops the league in several statistical categories, including assists per set (13.11, 33rd in the nation), kills per set (13.78, 50th in the nation), and team attacks per set (37.05, 54th in the nation).

Individually, Carlyle Nusbaum leads the Bisons and the ASUN in attacks per set (11.58, 32nd nationally), kills per set (4.87, 6th nationally), and total kills (258, 31st nationally). She also ranks second in the league in points (270.5, 55th nationally), points per set (5.10, 16th nationally), and total attacks (614, 108th nationally). Teammates Calayci Coffey and Carli Anderson also rank in the ASUN, as Coffey is third with 1.00 blocks per set and Anderson is fourth with 0.35 aces per set. Along with Nusbaum, Maddie Phillips and Chloe Rogers both have over 100 kills on the year with 119 and 109, respectively. Morgan Elmore (320) and Marcella Emmanuelli (307) lead the charge in assists for the Bisons, and Anderson (18), Nusbaum (15), Brittany Thomas (15), and Megan Kuper (10) all have double-digit service aces.

Defensively, Thomas (218), Nusbaum (135), and Lauren Anderson (123) have all tallied over 100 digs. Coffey leads the team with 53 total blocks (6 solo, 47 block assists), while Carli Anderson (37), and Phillips (36) round out the top three blockers for Lipscomb.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Jacksonville University Athletics, along with JU Volleyball, would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to the University of North Florida Athletics for opening its doors in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Jacksonville's Historic Swisher Gymnasium earned some battle scars in early September from Irma, and was rendered unplayable for the foreseeable future. The Ospreys graciously and selflessly opened UNF Arena to allow JU to continue to practice, as well as host its home-opening tournament – the Dolphin Invitational – Sept. 15-16.

Although rivals in spirit, we are all part of the Jacksonville community. Thank you, North Florida and UNF Athletics.

Up Next

The Dolphins return to action this weekend when they play host to Kennesaw State and Lipscomb at UNF Arena. Jacksonville faces the Owls Friday, Oct. 6 and the Bisons Saturday, Oct. 7. Both matches are slated for 4 p.m.