DELAND, Fla. – Jacksonville University volleyball rebounded with a 3-1 victory at Stetson as the Dolphins hit .200 or better in three of four sets, Saturday evening at SU's Edmund Center.
"Overall, it was a great response to what happened Friday night," stated Head Coach Julie Darty. "I think this was us bouncing back and learning something from Friday night."
Sophomores Mallory Mattingly and Alleah Stamatis posted double-doubles for the Dolphins' effort, as Mattingly matched last season's double-double total with her 10th of the season behind a game-high 15 kills and 23 digs. Stamatis posted 41 assists and 10 digs, as she and three other Dolphins registered a service ace. Mattingly also added two solo blocks, while senior Jessica Armstrong added 10 kills and two blocks en route to a .429 hitting percentage.
"Mallory's defense was ridiculous; she continues to put up double-doubles for us and bail us out of a lot of situations. Alleah's double-double with digs and assists tonight was really nice to see that she was dialed in and putting up hittable balls for everybody. It was a great night for Jess – it's always fun for her to come back and get a win at Stetson. She's just been so efficient right now," Darty added.
Senior Olga Nushtayeva and sophomore Natalie Wehner neared a double-double status as Nushtayeva finished the match with nine kills and seven digs, and Wehner posted nine kills and 12 digs. Defensively, senior Mackenzie Swan added 17 digs.
Jacksonville hit .464 in set one, and over .200 in sets two (.205) and four (.227).
The Dolphins improve to 12-8 overall and 6-1 in the ASUN Conference, while Stetson falls to 3-16 overall and 2-5 in the ASUN.
The Dolphins sprung out to a 9-3 lead, as Swan opened the set with a service ace, followed by a kill from Wehner. Armstrong, Nushtayeva and sophomore Amarrah Cooks all tallied kills during that run. Following a timeout called by the Hatters, both teams traded points and neither scored more than one consecutive point. With a 15-9 lead, Jacksonville scored four of the next five points to lead by eight, 18-10, to put the set out of reach as Stetson called its second timeout of the set. Jacksonville held off four more points from the Hatters down the stretch, and took the final three points to win, 25-14.
Set two was saw a steady battle, with three ties in the score before a six-point surge from Jacksonville gave JU a 9-4 advantage as the Hatters called for a timeout. A 5-3 run by the Hatters brought the hosts within three as Stetson rallied in the next few points to cut their deficit to two, 16-14. With kills from Mattingly, Armstrong, and Wehner, the Dolphins extended their lead to 21-16 and closed out the set on back-to-back kills from Mattingly and Nushtayeva to take a 2-0 lead in the match, 25-18.
The Hatters jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the third and extended their lead to 16-8 as the Dolphins used both timeouts early in the set. A 4-1 Hatter run out of JU's timeout gave Stetson a 20-10 advantage. While the Dolphins battled back with four of the next five points, 21-14, Stetson posted the next three to take the hosts to game point, 24-14. Staring down set point, Jacksonville got a kill from Armstrong and used two Hatter miscues to add pressure and force Stetson to call a timeout at 24-17, but the Hatters took the next point to take set three, 25-17.
Jacksonville found their footing in the fourth, as Wehner, Cooks, Nushtayeva, and Mattingly all had kills to open the set and lift JU to a 6-1 advantage. Stetson again battled back to come within one, 8-7, on a 6-1 rally. Tied at 11, Jacksonville used a 5-1 run to take a 16-12 lead and force the Hatters to call a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, JU took eight of the next 11 points to force match point, 24-15. Mattingly capped the match with a huge solo block – her second of the match – to give Jacksonville the 25-15 set win and the 3-1 match victory.
"Give credit to Stetson, they really put the pressure on us at times and we felt uncomfortable," said Darty. "Our defense really picked it up; that gave us more opportunities on offense to be efficient and when we side out over 60 percent of the time, I'm a happy coach."
The Dolphins return to action next Friday, Oct. 20 in part two of the River City Rumble when they face North Florida at UNF Arena.