Dolphins Return to Swisher Against Stetson, FGCU

Dolphins Return to Swisher Against Stetson, FGCU

MATCH #22: Jacksonville vs. Stetson Hatters
DATE: Friday, Oct. 27 – 6:00 pm
SITE: Historic Swisher Gymnasium – Jacksonville, Fla.
2017 RECORDS: Jacksonville (13-8, 7-1 ASUN); Stetson (3-17, 2-6 ASUN)

MATCH #23: Jacksonville vs. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 28 – 6:00 pm
SITE: Historic Swisher Gymnasium – Jacksonville, Fla.
2017 RECORDS: Jacksonville (13-8, 7-1 ASUN); Florida Gulf Coast (17-6, 7-1 ASUN)
*FGCU record prior to Oct. 28

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Home sweet home. Jacksonville University Volleyball makes its 2017 debut in the newly repaired Historic Swisher Gymnasium this weekend when the Dolphins play host to Stetson Friday, Oct. 27 and Florida Gulf Coast - whom the Dolphins are in a three-way tie at the top of the ASUN Conference - Saturday, Oct. 28. Both matches are slated for 6:00 p.m.

Home Sweet Home … Back in Swisher

Following the completion of repairs to Historic Swisher Gymnasium in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Jacksonville University Volleyball returns home to Historic Swisher Gymnasium. JU Athletics and JU Volleyball would like to extend its most sincere gratitude and appreciation to UNF Athletics and Jacksonville Juniors Volleyball Association for graciously opening their facilities for the Dolphins to compete and practice in.

The Dolphins played their first seven home matches of the 2017 season at UNF Arena. JU holds a 5-2 record while home in Jacksonville, and the Dolphins have won their last four "home" matches.

Last Time Out – vs. North Florida: River City Rumble, Part Two

Jacksonville earned its second sweep of an ASUN opponent last Friday, Oct. 20, when they earned a 3-0 victory over North Florida. It is the first time the Dolphins have swept the Ospreys in the regular season since 2013. Jacksonville hit .371 as a team and had four Dolphins with a .450 or better hitting percentage, and four more with 10 or more digs.

Sophomore Natalie Wehner posted her fifth double-double of the season with 11 kills and 15 digs. Senior Jessica Armstrong and sophomore Alleah Stamatis set new career-highs in attack percentage as Armstrong totaled eight kills on 10 attempts (.800), while Stamatis added five kills on eight attempts (.625). Stamatis also contributed 39 assists, six digs, and two blocks. Neither Armstrong nor Stamatis recorded an attacking error in the match.

Senior Mackenzie Swan posted a match-high 19 digs, while sophomore Mallory Mattingly and freshman Kendall Murr each added 10 digs and a service. Mattingly also had nine kills and two blocks.

Where They Rank …

Jacksonville is in a three-way tie at the top of the ASUN standings with Kennesaw State and Florida Gulf Coast. Statistically, the Dolphins rank in the top three in the ASUN in several categories tracked by the NCAA including:

  • Digs per set (16.07) – first (74th nationally)
  • Opponent hitting percentage (0.180) – second (76th nationally)
  • Team attacks per set (36.35) – second (86th nationally)
  • Team digs (1,318) – third (96th nationally)

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

  • Mallory Mattingly leads the ASUN with 852 total attacks (88th in the nation), and is second in the league with 11.06 attacks per set (48th in the nation).
  • Additionally, Mattingly is third in the conference in service aces (25), kills per set (3.42), points scored (305.0), points per set (4.0), and ranks fourth in kills (263).
  • Alleah Stamatis ranks second in the league with 710 assists, and is fourth with 8.66 assists per set.
  • Mackenzie Swan is third in the ASUN with 354 digs and fourth in the league with 4.32 digs per set.
  • Amarrah Cooks ranks fifth in the league with a .306 hitting percentage (165-360, 55 errors), and is tied for fifth with 13 solo blocks.
  • Olga Nushtayeva is tied for seventh with 12 solo blocks, ranks eighth in the league hitting .260 (171-427, 60 errors), is tied for 10th with 45 block assists.
  • Cooks and Nushtayeva are in a three-way tie for ninth in the ASUN with 57 total blocks each.
  • Hannah Marchand ranks ninth in both solo blocks (11), and blocks per set (0.82).

The Series with Stetson

The Dolphins hold a 55-11 advantage in the all-time series with the Hatters. JU takes a three-game winning streak against Stetson – dating back to 2016 – into Friday's match. The Dolphins previously defeated the Hatters 3-1 earlier this month in DeLand behind a match-high 15 kill-23 dig performance from Mallory Mattingly.  

Scouting the Hatters

Heading into Friday's match, Stetson holds a 3-17 overall record and is 2-6 against ASUN opponents. The Hatters are second in the league with 15.76 digs per set and third in the ASUN with 1.95 blocks per set.

Individually, Eva Deisa leads the team with 191 kills and ranks second in the league with 2.62 kills per set. Hao Jin leads Stetson hitting .235 and is second on the team with 150 kills. Naina Ivanova's 644 assists rank third in the league, while her 8.47 assists per set are fifth. Defensively, Chelcie Spense ranks sixth in the league in both digs (303) and digs per set (3.99), while Jin leads the ASUN with 20 solo blocks and ranks second with 76 total blocks.

The Series with Florida Gulf Coast

The Eagles hold a 15-10 lead in the all-time series with Jacksonville. Earlier in the season, the Dolphins fell at FGCU, 3-0. Mattingly posted a double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs during the match, and Natalie Wehner neared double-double territory with seven kills and nine digs of her own.

Scouting the Eagles

FGCU brings a 17-3 overall record into the weekend, and is tied for first in the ASUN standings with the Dolphins and Kennesaw State with a 7-1 league record. Overall, FGCU leads the ASUN in blocks per set (2.18), hitting percentage (.276), and kills per set (13.99). The Eagles also rank in the top three in assists per set (second, 13.08), total blocks (second, 166.0), aces per set (third, 1.25), and opponent hitting percentage (third, .184).

Individually, Daniele Serrano leads the ASUN with a .397 hitting percentage (29th nationally) and ranks second with 18 solo blocks. Maggie Rick tops the league in assists (853, 48th nationally) and assists per set (11.22, 23rd nationally), and Amanda Carroll leads the league with 380.5 points.  

Several other Eagles rank among the top three in the ASUN, as Sharonda Pickering ranks second with 1.04 blocks per set, Carroll is second in the ASUN in kills (334) and kills per set (4.45), and Karissa Rhoades ranks second with 4.38 assists per set. With a .313 hitting percentage, Carroll also ranks third in the league.

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 their 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 matches in three of four seasons with Darty at the helm, and have amassed a 25-22 record against ASUN opponents.

Up Next

The Dolphins hit the road next weekend when they travel to Lipscomb and Kennesaw State for their final conference road series. JU takes on the Bisons Friday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. EST, and faces the Owls Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7:00 p.m. EST.