Dolphins Dominate Blocking Battle Despite Relinquishing Rumble Finale

Dolphins Dominate Blocking Battle Despite Relinquishing Rumble Finale

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University volleyball team combined for five solo blocks – with a season-high three coming off the hands of graduate student Sara Dyslin – as the Dolphins dominated the net and doubled up North Florida in blocks, but it wasn't enough to keep the visiting Ospreys in check as UNF took the River City Rumble finale, 3-0, Tuesday evening at Swisher Gymnasium.

Combining for eight total blocks on the day, Dyslin and sophomore Hannah Marchand were a force at the net. Marchand finished the day with one solo block and three block assists, while Dyslin added a block assist to her three solo blocks.

Jacksonville hit above .200 in all three sets junior Mallory Mattingly and Dyslin posted double-digit kills with 14 and 12, respectively in effort.

The opening set rolled in favor of the visitors early on, but the Dolphins battled within three, 9-6, and following a 4-0 Osprey run, traded the next 10 points to keep the pressure on. The Dolphins used a 4-0 run down the stretch sparked by a crucial solo block from graduate student Hailey Devlin to bring the Dolphins within 23-17, but the Ospreys took the opener, 25-17.

Jacksonville (3-21, 2-10 ASUN) held the lead for much of the second set until a 4-0 run lifted UNF to a 13-10 advantage. Back-to-back 3-0 runs allowed the Dolphins to tie the set at 18-18 before UNF (9-18, 4-7 ASUN) once again stole the lead, 21-18. Four of the final five points fell in favor of UNF as the Ospreys took a 2-0 lead, 25-21.

Dyslin's third solo block came at set point in the third set, 24-19, to keep the Dolphins alive and end a 4-0 Osprey run, but UNF ultimately took the match, 25-20.

Freshman Natalie Martin finished the day with 33 assists, while junior Natalie Wehner led the team with eight digs.

The Dolphins head to Bethune-Cookman next Tuesday, Oct. 30 for a match up at Moore Gymnasium. First serve is set for 7 p.m.