Dolphins Ready to Rumble at UNF Friday

Dolphins Ready to Rumble at UNF Friday

MATCH #21: Jacksonville vs. North Florida Ospreys
DATE: Friday, Oct. 20 – 7:00 pm
SITE: UNF Arena – Jacksonville, Fla.
2017 RECORDS: Jacksonville (12-8, 6-1 ASUN); North Florida (9-15, 1-6 ASUN)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University Volleyball returns to Duval Friday, Oct. 20 for part two of the River City Rumble rivalry with North Florida. Although the match will be at UNF Arena, it will serve as the Dolphins' home contest with the Ospreys. First serve will be at 7:00 p.m.

River City Rumble … Part Two

Friday's match is sponsored by Green Dot Etc., a bystander intervention initiative to help keep JU's campus safe. Jacksonville University Athletics will be giving away free t-shirts to the first 200 students with their JU ID.

Admission to Friday evening's contest at UNF Arena is free for JU students, faculty, and staff with their JU ID. Tickets for the match are $5 for adults, $3 for kids under 17, senior citizens over 55, and military members, and children ages 2 and under are free.

In Their Own Words …

Head Coach Julie Darty on entering the second half of the ASUN schedule and part two of the River City Rumble:
"We are really excited to start the second half of league play. The rivalry we have with UNF is the real deal and it's always such an intense battle and fight. I am happy with where we are in league play, but there is still so much room for improvement. I know we have a ton of work to do and tons that we can improve on as we continue this season. I like the way we are finding ways to be consistent with our energy and communication. We have a lot to prepare for this weekend and we are so grateful that UNF is allowing us to play our 'home' match at UNF Arena while Swisher Gym is still undergoing repairs. I hope that we can continue to trust the process and show signs of improvement every time we take the floor. Friday is a huge match for us."

Last Time Out – at Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson

The Dolphins took a split last weekend, as they defeated Stetson, 3-1, last Saturday and fell to Florida Gulf Coast, 3-0, the previous day.

Sophomore Mallory Mattingly continued to be consistent with back-to-back double-double performances, as she registered 13 kills and 12 digs at FGCU, and totaled 15 kills and a season-high 23 digs at Stetson. Mattingly also posed three solo blocks, with one against the Eagles and two against the Hatter. Individually, both senior Jessica Armstrong and sophomore Alleah Stamatis hit over .400, as Armstrong registered 10 kills (.429) and Stamatis posted five kills (.455) and 41 assists. Senior Mackenzie Swan totaled 36 digs on the weekend, with 19 at FGCU and 17 at Stetson. The Dolphins hit over .200 in three of their four sets against Stetson, including a season-best .464 in the first set.

Where They Rank …

Jacksonville is in a three-way tie at the top of the ASUN standings, along with Kennesaw State and Florida Gulf Coast. The Dolphins also rank in the top three 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 (83rd nationally)
  • Opponent hitting percentage (0.182) – second (83rd nationally)
  • Team digs (1,255) – second (73rd nationally)
  • Team attacks per set (36.27) – third (89th nationally)
  • Team total attacks (2,865) – third (78th nationally)

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

  • Mallory Mattingly leads the ASUN with 813 total attacks (68th in the nation), and is second in the league with 24 service aces and 10.99 attacks per set (52nd in the nation).
  • Additionally, Mattingly is third in the conference in kills (254), kills per set (3.43), points scored (294.0), and points per set (4.0), and ranks fourth in digs (202).
  • Alleah Stamatis ranks second in the league with 671 assists, and is fourth with 8.49 assists per set.
  • Mackenzie Swan is third in the ASUN with 335 digs and fourth in the league with 4.24 digs per set.
  • Amarrah Cooks ranks fifth in the league with a .300 hitting percentage (158-347, 54 errors), and is tied for fifth with Olga Nushtayeva with 12 solo blocks each.
  • Nushtayeva and Cooks are also ranked in the ASUN in block assists, with Nushtayeva tied for eighth with 43 and Cooks tied for 10th with 42.
  • Nushtayeva also ranks ninth with 55 total blocks and Cooks is 10th with 54 total blocks.
  • Hannah Marchand ranks ninth in both solo blocks (11), and blocks per set (0.82).

The Series with North Florida

North Florida holds an 18-16 advantage in the all-times series. The Dolphins have won the last meeting between the teams, 3-1, earlier this season in exciting fashion. With Jacksonville ahead two sets to one, the fourth set forced extra points and the Dolphins came away victorious, 25-22, 13-25, 25-18, 32-30.

Scouting the Ospreys

UNF currently holds a 9-15 record overall and is 1-6 against ASUN opponents after picking up its lone ASUN win last weekend at Stetson, 3-2. North Florida tops the ASUN in several statistical categories, including blocks per set (2.21), assists (1,045), digs (1,338), kills (1,096), total attacks (3,123), and total blocks (197.0).

Individually, the Ospreys hold the sixth through ninth spots in the league in kills, as Carina Hoff (237), Taryn Griffey (206), Katarina Raicevic (198), and Devyn Wheeler (193) are all around 200 kills each. Griffey ranks fourth in the league hitting .301, while Alana Shoff is sixth hitting .299. Madilyn McCarty ranks eighth with 388 assists. Defensively, Ashley LaBorde also leads the ASUN in digs (400) and digs per set (4.49). Shoff and Griffey rank 1-2 in the league with 100 and 73 blocks, respectively.

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.

ASUN Weekly Honors

Three Dolphins have earned ASUN Player of the Week honors this season, with the most recent being senior libero/defensive specialist Mackenzie Swan. The Colorado Springs, Colo. native was named ASUN Defensive Player of the Week for the third time in her career after amassing 53 digs in three matches last week to help the Dolphins extend their win streak to six, and sweep Kennesaw State and Lipscomb to remain unbeaten in the ASUN at 5-0. Swan posted back-to-back 20+ dig performances against Bethune-Cookman (21 digs) and Kennesaw State (22 digs).

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.

Nifty 50

Head Coach Julie Darty earned her 50th career victory Oct. 6 with a 3-1 win over Kennesaw State. The fourth-year head coach guided the Dolphins to a sweep last weekend for its sixth straight victory and their first 5-0 start to league play since 2007. Since taking over the program in 2014, the Dolphins have won at least 10 games in three of four seasons with Darty at the helm and have amassed a 25-22 record against ASUN opponents.

Up Next

The Dolphins return to action next weekend when they play host to Stetson Friday, Oct. 27 at 6:00 p.m. and FGCU Saturday, Oct. 28 at 6:00 p.m.