Volleyball's Rally Falls Short Against Troy State, 3-2

Sept. 28, 2002

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After facing four match points in the third game, the Jacksonville University volleyball team stormed back to force a decisive fifth game, but Troy State pulled off a rally of its own late to down the Dolphins, 30-24, 30-17, 31-33, 27-30, 15-13, in the Atlantic Sun Conference opener for both teams Saturday at Swisher Gymnasium. Senior middle hitter Brooke Ahrens (Benson, Ill.) led the Dolphins (5-8, 0-1 A-Sun) with 14 kills.

JU trailed, 29-26, in the third game, but senior outside hitter Kristy Smith (Carleton, Mich.) hammered home a kill and the Dolphins scored three points on junior outside hitter Radka Dimitrova's (Sofia, Bulgaria) serve. With the game tied, 31-31, Smith pounded home two aces to keep JU's hopes alive. JU took game four and bolted out to an 11-6 lead in the fifth game, but the Lady Trojans (9-6, 1-0) scored six-straight points, three on kills by Rachel Hassan. With the match tied, 13-13, Hassan threw down her match-leading 24th kill, then Haven Triboulet and Tiffany Keiser blocked Ahrens' attack to end the match.

The Dolphins hit .146 for the match, compared to .212 for Troy State. Dimitrova finished with 13 kills, while senior outside hitter Alesha Rodriguez (Cleveland, Ohio) had 11. Freshman Erin Donivan (Sarasota, Fla.) recorded 22 digs, while Dimitrova and Smith had 11 each. Senior setter Kristin Withrow (St. Petersburg, Fla.) led JU with 43 assists, and freshman middle blocker Danielle Neville (Greenwood Village, Colo.) had seven blocks.

Triboulet and Lora Moncrief also recorded double-digit kills for Troy State with 17 and 15, respectively. Setter Erika Leitzke dished out 59 assists, and Hassan added 16 digs for a double-double.

JU continues its seven-match homestand as A-Sun foe Stetson pays a visit on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.