TUESDAY, OCTOBER 01, 2002
Volleyball Can't Hold Off Stetson; Dolphins Fall In Five
Oct. 1, 2002
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior outside hitter Radka Dimitrova (Sofia, Bulgaria) and sophomore outside hitter Candice Rose (Mechanicsville, Md.) each had 20 kills as the Jacksonville University volleyball team dropped a 19-30, 22-30, 31-29, 30-25, 15-8 decision to Stetson in Atlantic Sun Conference action Tuesday night at Swisher Gymnasium.
Dimitrova also led the Dolphins (5-9, 0-2 A-Sun) with 17 digs and added three assists and three service aces, while hitting at a .289 clip. Rose recorded a career-high in kills, tied her career-best with seven digs and hit .347 for the match. Senior middle hitter Brooke Ahrens (Benson, Ill.) also tallied double-digit kills with 11, while freshman libero/setter Erin Donivan (Sarasota, Fla.) had 13 assists and 11 digs. The Dolphins also had 17.0 blocks, breaking their own school-record of 16.5 in a five-game match set earlier this season. Freshman middle blocker Danielle Neville (Greenwood Village, Colo.) led the way with a career-high 10 blocks (two solo).
DeeAnn Dempsey led Stetson (5-9, 1-0) with 17 kills and had 16 digs, while Kira Smedley added 15 kills and a match-high 19 digs. Tanner Kennedy recorded 44 assists for the Hatters. JU dominated the first two games, hitting .333 in the first and .406 in the second game, but the Dolphins lost the momentum in the third game, hitting only .085, and couldn't recover. The Dolphins ended up hitting .210 for the match, while holding the Hatters to a .110 hitting percentage.
The Dolphins, who have five matches remaining on their seven-match homestand, return to action with a pair of A-Sun matches this weekend as they host conference newcomer Gardner-Webb on Friday. Both matches begin at 7:30 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.