Volleyball Falls to UCF in the Semifinals of the A-Sun Championship, 3-0

Nov. 22, 2002

ORLANDO, Fla. - Junior outside hitter Radka Dimitrova (Sofia, Bulgaria) led the Jacksonville University volleyball team with 12 kills, but UCF was tough on defense as the Golden Knights ended the Dolphins' season with a 3-0 (30-28, 30-26, 30-24) victory in the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship Friday night at UCF Arena. JU finishes the season with a 15-14 record.

Dimitrova ends the season with 442 kills, the fourth-most in a single season at JU and the highest total in 15 years. The First-Team All-Conference selection also had 1,111 attacks, which ranks as the third-most in a single season at JU. Freshman middle blocker Danielle Neville (Greenwood Village, Colo.) had 12 total blocks in the tournament and finished the season with 105 block assists on the year, which ranks fourth all-time in a single season at JU and is the highest mark since 1990.

Outside hitter Alesha Rodriguez (Cleveland, Ohio) had nine kills and nine digs, outside hitter Kristy Smith (Carleton, Mich.) had eight kills and 11 digs, middle hitter Brooke Ahrens (Benson, Ill.) had seven kills and four blocks and libero Kristin Withrow (St. Petersburg, Fla.) had a match-high 14 digs. All four were seniors playing in their final match.

The Golden Knights were led by Emily Watts, who had 20 kills and 12 digs, A-Sun Player of the Year Leyre Santaella Sante, who had 14 kills and 12 digs and Tanya Jarvis, who had 13 kills and eight digs.

Top-seeded UCF will face the winner of Friday's late semifinal between second-seeded Georgia State and third-seeded Florida Atlantic on Saturday at 1 p.m. The winner will receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, and the all-tournament team will be released following the match.