FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2002
Volleyball Advances to A-Sun Championship Semifinals By Sweeping Jacksonville State, 3-0
Nov. 22, 2002
ORLANDO, Fla. - Junior outside hitter Radka Dimitrova (Sofia, Bulgaria) had a match-high 20 kills and freshman middle blocker Danielle Neville (Greenwood Village, Colo.) had 10 blocks as the fourth-seeded Jacksonville University volleyball team advanced to the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship with a 3-0 (30-22, 33-31, 31-29) victory over fifth-seeded Jacksonville State Friday at UCF Arena. The Dolphins (15-13) will face top-seeded UCF (19-11) later this evening at 5 p.m.
Dimitrova hit .356 for the match, while adding 12 digs and a block for her 10th double-double in her last 12 matches, including her seventh in a row. The First-Team All-Conference selection came one kill short of tying the JU record for kills in a three-game match for the second time this season, but did move up to fourth on JU's all-time single-season kills list with 430. She needs 10 more tonight to move into third place.
Neville, a member of the A-Sun All-Freshman Team and the conference leader in blocks, hit .455 with six kills and matched her career-high in blocks for the third time this season and moved up to fourth on JU's all-time list for block assists in a single season with 103.
Senior outside hitter Kristy Smith (Carleton, Mich.) played an outstanding all-around match, hitting a match-high .455 with 11 kills, 20 digs, six blocks, three assists and three aces. Senior middle hitter Brooke Ahrens (Benson, Ill.), a Second-Team All-Conference pick, was held to 10 kills and a .067 hitting percentage. Senior libero Kristin Withrow (St. Petersburg, Fla.) returned to the Dolphin lineup for the first time since separating her shoulder on Oct. 30 and had a match- and career-high 22 digs, while junior setter Melissa Bullion (Alvin, Texas) handed out 47 assists.
The Dolphins handed the conference co-champion Golden Knights their only A-Sun loss of the year in the season finale on Nov. 8 in Orlando. JU won that match, 3-2 (25-30, 30-24, 32-30, 25-30, 15-10), to clinch its spot in the tournament and claim its first win over UCF since 1989.