FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 01, 2002
Volleyball Claims Critical A-Sun Win Over Florida Atlantic, 3-1
Nov. 1, 2002
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Junior outside hitter Radka Dimitrova (Sofia, Bulgaria) turned in her second-straight 20-kill effort and fourth-straight double-double with 20 kills and 18 digs, while senior middle hitter Brooke Ahrens (Benson, Ill.) pounded 17 kills as the Jacksonville University volleyball team held off Florida Atlantic, 3-1 (30-26, 30-21, 30-32, 33-31), in Atlantic Sun Conference action Friday night at FAU Gymnasium.
The Dolphins (13-12, 6-4 A-Sun) kept their hopes alive for a spot in the A-Sun Tournament, but still need a win over conference-leading UCF next Friday in Orlando or a Jacksonville State loss in one of its two remaining A-Sun contests to secure their berth.
JU hit .282 for the match, led by Ahrens at .343 and Dimitrova at .327. Sophomore outside hitter Candice Rose (Mechanicsville, Md.) added 13 kills, while senior outside hitter Kristy Smith (Carleton, Mich.) hit .296 for the match with a career-high 11 kills, 17 digs and four blocks. Junior setter Melissa Buillion (Alvin, Texas) had 55 assists, 12 digs and four kills, while freshman middle blocker Danielle Neville (Greenwood Village, Colo.) had six blocks. JU came through in the clutch and played their best team-ball of the season as it marked the first time all season four Dolphins recorded double-digit kills and only the third time five Dolphins had double-digit digs. JU had 88 digs for the match with sophomore libero Kelly Ryals (Gainesville, Fla.) adding 17 and senior outside hitter Alesha Rodriguez (Cleveland, Ohio) coming up with 11.
The Dolphins held third-place FAU (13-14, 8-3 A-Sun) to a .181 hitting percentage for the match, including a .064 mark in the second game. The Owls were led by Iana Andonova, who had 21 kills and Abby Miner, who had 15 kills and 12 digs. FAU had 90 digs and were led by 18 from setter Jeana Boyle, who also had 58 assists, and Danyielle Smith with 16.
JU travels to Tallahassee to face Florida A&M on Tuesday at 7 p.m., before taking on UCF next Friday in their season finale at 7 p.m. JSU (5-4 in A-Sun), who the Dolphins defeated earlier this season and therefore hold the tiebreaker, has conference matches remaining against Mercer on Thursday in Macon, Ga., and at home against Campbell on Saturday, Nov. 16. The A-Sun Championships will be held Nov. 22-23 in Orlando, Fla.