JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Going toe-to-toe with one of the top seeded teams in the ASUN Conference, the Jacksonville University volleyball team held its own and battled to the final points in the first and third sets to keep pressure on the visiting Lipscomb Bisons in a 3-0 decision, Friday evening at Swisher Gymnasium.
Prior to the match, the Dolphins recognized junior Mallory Mattingly, who surpassed the 1,000 career kill milestone last weekend. Tonight, Mattingly added to her total as she, Sara Dyslin, and Hailey Devlin recorded six kills each to pace the Dolphins' offense. Along with a pair of aces, Dyslin added five blocks, including three solo blocks, for her fifth consecutive match with four or more blocks.
With 10 ties in the score in the opening set alone, the Dolphins (5-23, 3-12 ASUN) match the Bisons (17-11, 12-4 ASUN) point for point throughout, and tied the set up at 20-20 as Dyslin and Lauren Petersen combined for a block to stop a Bison attack. Though the visitors rallied with the next two points, a kills from Dyslin brought JU back within one, 22-21, before Lipscomb took the next two points to bring it to set point. Jacksonville won the point out of their called timeout to close the gap to two, 24-22, but Lipscomb was able to seal the set win, 25-22.
With aces from Mattingly (8-6) and Dyslin (11-9), Jacksonville led Lipscomb twice early on in the second set. After winning a challenge on a touch, the momentum swung in favor of the visitors and Lipscomb found a 7-1 rally down the stretch to put the set out of reach. With the final three points, Lipscomb took the second set, 25-16.
With a 4-0 rally, Jacksonville found a spark and cut its 8-1 deficit in half before pounding the Bisons on a 6-2 run to come back within two, 22-20. Although Lipscomb took the next point, Jacksonville got a huge block from Marchand and Petersen to keep the Dolphins within two, 23-21, and the heat on the Bisons. However, Lipscomb was up to the task and came away with back-to-back kills for the win, 25-21.
The Dolphins close out the season with Senior Night tomorrow evening against Kennesaw State at 6 p.m.