Dolphins Battle for First Place in Final ASUN Road Trip

Dolphins Battle for First Place in Final ASUN Road Trip

MATCH #24: Jacksonville at Lipscomb Bisons
DATE: Friday, Nov. 3 – 6:30 pm EST
SITE: Allen Arena – Nashville, Tenn.
2017 RECORDS: Jacksonville (15-8, 9-1 ASUN); Lipscomb (13-10, 6-4 ASUN)
LIVE STATS: Lipscomb

MATCH #25: Jacksonville at Kennesaw State Owls
DATE: Saturday, Nov. 4 – 7:00 pm
SITE: KSU Convocation Center – Kennesaw, Ga.
2017 RECORDS: Jacksonville (15-8, 9-1 ASUN); Kennesaw State (15-4, 9-1 ASUN)
LIVE STATS: Kennesaw State
*KSU record prior to Nov. 3

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University volleyball hits the road this weekend in a showdown for sole possession of first place in the ASUN Conference when they travel to Lipscomb Friday, Nov. 3 and Kennesaw State Saturday, Nov. 4. First serve against the Bisons is slated for 6:30 p.m. EDT; JU battles the Owls to lead the ASUN the following day at 7 p.m.

Last Time Out – vs. Stetson and FGCU

Jacksonville earned a sweep of Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast last weekend with identical scores of 3-1. Senior Mackenzie Swan earned her fourth career ASUN Defensive Player of the Week honor after she totaled 48 digs on the weekend behind back-to-back 20+ dig performances. Sophomore Alleah Stamatis combined for 102 assists and 29 digs on the weekend with double-doubles in both matches, while she, and classmates Mallory Mattingly (21 kills, 16 digs) and Natalie Wehner (17 kills, 15 digs) all posted double-doubles against FGCU.

Where They Rank …

Jacksonville is tied at the top of the ASUN standings with Kennesaw State. Statistically, the Dolphins rank in the top three in the ASUN in several categories tracked by the NCAA including:

  • Digs per set (16.54) – first (49th nationally)
  • Opponent hitting percentage (0.180) – second (72nd nationally)
  • Team attacks per set (36.99) – second (59th nationally)
  • Team digs (1,489) – second (72nd nationally)

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

  • Mallory Mattingly leads the ASUN in total attacks (975, 66th in the nation) and attacks per set (11.47, 33rd in the nation).
  • Additionally, Mattingly is second in the conference in service aces (28), and third in kills per set (3.53), points scored (346.0), points per set (4.1), and ranks fourth in kills (300).
  • Alleah Stamatis ranks second in the league with 812 assists, and third with 9.02 assists per set.
  • Mackenzie Swan is second in the ASUN with 4.47 digs per set and third with 402 digs.
  • Amarrah Cooks ranks fourth in the league with a .302 hitting percentage (188-407, 65 errors), is tied for third with 16 solo blocks, and is tied for eighth with 68 total blocks.
  • Olga Nushtayeva is tied for eighth with 12 solo blocks, ranks ninth in the league hitting .261 (186-464, 65 errors), is 10th with 52 block assists.
  • Hannah Marchand ranks ninth in solo blocks (11), and is tied for 10th in blocks per set (0.82).

The Series with Lipscomb

The Bisons hold a 19-8 advantage in the all-time series; however, the Dolphins defeated Lipscomb earlier in the season, 3-1, at UNF Arena. The Dolphins have not come home from Nashville victorious against the Bisons since Oct. 2, 2004 when JU swept the match, 3-0.

Scouting the Bisons

Lipscomb enters Friday's contest with a 13-10 overall record, and the Bisons are currently fourth in the league standings with a 6-4 record against ASUN opponents.

Lipscomb leads the ASUN with 13.37 assists per set (20th nationally), and 14.04 kills per set (28th nationally). The Bisons also rank in the top three in the ASUN in aces per set (second, 1.43), hitting percentage (third, .209), assists (second, 1,110), attacks per set (third, 36.24), and service aces (second, 119).

Individually, Carlyle Nusbaum leads the league with 379 kills (28th nationally), averages 4.80 kills per set (7th nationally), and posts 5.08 points per set (15th nationally). Additionally, Nusbaum ranks second in the ASUN with 11.28 attacks per set, 401.0 points, and is third with 891 attacks.

M Elmore ranks sixth with 614 assists and seventh with 7.40 assists per set. Maddie Phillips ranks seventh in the league hitting .266. Carli Anderson ranks second with 0.36 service aces per set, while she and Lauren Anderson are tied for eighth in the ASUN with 22 service aces each. However, with 14 aces in 43 sets, Megan Kuper ranks fourth in the league with 0.33 aces per set.

Defensively, Brittany Thomas ranks seventh with 319 digs and 3.84 digs per set. Phillips leads the Bisons with 68 blocks (13 solo, 55 assists), while Ca'Layci Coffey is next with 64 blocks (6 solo, 58 assists) as the duo rank eighth and 10th in the ASUN, respectively. Coffey's 0.96 blocks per set also rank fourth in the league.

The Series with Kennesaw State

Kennesaw State holds a 12-7 lead in the all-time series with JU. Earlier in the season, the Dolphins handed Head Coach Julie Darty her 50th career win with a 3-1 victory over the Owls at UNF Arena. The last time the Dolphins defeated the Owls in Kennesaw was Oct. 2, 2015, when Jacksonville earned a 3-0 sweep in conference play.

Scouting the Owls

Kennesaw State enters the weekend tied with the Dolphins atop the ASUN standings as both teams are 9-1 against ASUN opponents. The Owls are riding a six-game winning streak into the weekend, and haven't lost since Oct. 6 when the Dolphins took a 3-1 victory in the teams' first matchup Oct. 6 at UNF Arena. KSU also clinched a spot in the ASUN Tournament last weekend with a 3-0 sweep of NJIT.

The Owls lead the ASUN, holding opponents to just a .160 hitting percentage. Kennesaw State also ranks in the top three in the ASUN in hitting percentage (.242, second), aces per set (third, 1.20), assists per set (12.33, third), and kills per set (third, 13.42).

Individually, Liesl Engelbrecht leads the Owls and ranks second in the ASUN hitting .349, while Madeline Johnson (.265) and Sydni Shelton (.251) rank seventh and 10th in the league, respectively. With 202 kills in 59 sets, Anaiah Boyer's 3.42 kills per set rank fourth in the league. Kristi Piedimonte is fifth in the league with 639 assists, but ranks second with 10.31 assists per set. Katarina Morton ranks third with 4.35 digs per set and eighth with 287 digs.

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 earned her fourth career ASUN Defensive Player of the Week honor after she totaled 48 digs in the Dolphins' weekend sweep of Stetson (27 digs) and FGCU (21 digs). She was previously named ASUN Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 3 after she amassed 53 digs in three matches. Swan posted back-to-back 20+ dig performances against Bethune-Cookman (21 digs) and Kennesaw State (22 digs) as JU swept the three-game week with victories over the Wildcats, Owls, and Lipscomb.

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.

Home Sweet Home … Back in Swisher

Following the completion of repairs to Historic Swisher Gymnasium in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Jacksonville University Volleyball returned home to Historic Swisher Gymnasium Oct. 27. 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 and held a 5-2 record while playing across town. With a sweep of Stetson and FGCU Oct. 27 and 28, Jacksonville is now 7-2 in Jacksonville.

Up Next

The Dolphins return home Nov. 10 and 11 against NJIT and USC Upstate for their final two matches in the regular season. Jacksonville takes on the Highlanders Friday, Nov. 10 and the Spartans Saturday, Nov. 11 on senior night at Historic Swisher Gymnasium; both matches are set for 6 p.m.