Sand Volleyball Splits Contest in DeLand Rematches
DELAND, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women’s volleyball continued play at Stetson’s sand volleyball courts with rematches against the host and Florida Gulf Coast. Splitting the results, JU moves to 3-10 overall and 2-2 in Atlantic Sun play.

In similar fashion to Friday’s meeting, Jacksonville opened the day with a 4-1 success over the Eagles. Junior Mayara Prestes and senior Alyssa Robertson took the first point of the day with a 21-17, 21-16 victory over Olivia Mesner and Shelby Joslin. With a 4-0 advantage, the Dolphins' final match went the distance with Gulf Coast coming out on top with scores of 17-21, 21-11, and 15-11.

Hoping to avenge Stetson for the 3-2 loss taken in the last game, JU earned two match wins with a pair of straight set victories in the No. 1 and No. 2 seed slots. JU’s tandem of redshirt-junior Taylor Nyquist and sophomore Sammie Strausbaugh started the evening with a 21-16, 21-9 win over Kaley Melville and Kaylee Anderson while seniors Kendall Courtney and Niatha Cullen followed suit defeating their opposition by scores of 21-9 and 21-14. Ultimately, JU dropped the other three matches to fall 3-2.

In a non-scoring match, Dolphins Hannah McMahon and Lauren Homrich defeated Taylor Kennedy and Claudia Kalin, 21-17, 21-16, 15-10.

Next Saturday, March 29, Jacksonville returns to the courts with three matches. The Dolphins will open the day against Louisiana State at 11 a.m., followed by USC Upstate at 1 p.m. and Florida State at 3 p.m.


1. Taylor Nyquist/Sammie Strausbaugh (JU) def. Kaitlin Holm/Whitney Masters (FGCU) 21-7, 21-15
2. Kendall Courtney/Lyndsey Lane (JU) def. Karina Mambuca/Caroline Jordan (FGCU) 21-12, 21-6
3. Elenora Kazarian/Vanessa Benke (FGCU) def. Emily Laskelle/Rachel Miller (JU) 17-21, 21-11, 15-11
4. Mayara Prestes/Alyssa Robertson (JU) def. Olivia Mesner/Shelby Joslin (FGCU) 21-17, 21-16
5. Gabriela Roman/Jizzian Gesualdo (JU) def. Madi Wilcox/Marlene Moeller (FGCU) 21-19, 19-21, 15-13


1. Taylor Nyquist/Sammie Strausbaugh (JU) def. Kaley Melville/Kaylee Anderson (STET) 21-16, 21-9
2. Kendall Courtney/Niatha Cullen (JU) def. Savannah Byl/Catherine Coston (STET) 21-9, 21-14
3. Rachael Farrell/Julie Bassett (STET) def. Emily Laskelle/Rachel Miller (JU) 21-14, 21-18
4. Maren Rygh/Jordann Dierickx (STET) def. Gabriela Roman/Jizzian Gesualdo (JU) 21-19, 21-16
5. Kristin Lind/Tiffany Creamer (STET) def. Alyssa Robertson/Mayara Prestes (JU) 24-22, 21-16