Volleyball Drops Final Two Matches at GW Invitational

Sept. 18, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sophomore setter Erin Hickman (San Antonio, Texas) registered 25 and 42 assists, respectively, but the Jacksonville University volleyball team fell to Akron, 3-0 (25-30, 18-30, 24-30), and Binghamton, 3-1 (30-25, 20-30, 21-30, 24-30), in the final day of the George Washington Invitational, Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center. JU falls to 0-6 on the year while Akron improves to 8-3 and Binghamton moves to 5-5. Junior Danielle Neville (Greenwood Village, Colo.) tallied a season-high 12 kills and a .407 hitting percentage (12-1-27) while senior Candice Rose (Mechanicsville, Md.) registered her second double-digit kill effort of the weekend (10) to lead the Dolphins in the afternoon match against the Bearcats.

Against Akron, Hickman led the Dolphins with 25 assists and nine kills while also adding eight digs. Junior setter Erin Donivan (Sarasota/Cardinal Mooney) also finished with a team-high 12 digs and Neville contributed four blocks.

Jenn Stewart led the Zips with 15 kills while hitting .483 in the match (15-1-29). Emily Kocinski also finished with double-figure kills (11) while Rachael Rush led all competitors with 42 assists. Lori Snyder (24), Kim Horn (10), Stewart (15) and Kocinski (13) also finished with double-digit digs.

Against Binghamton, Hickman registered the eighth 40-assist effort of her career with her match-high 42. Neville led the Dolphins offense with her first double-digit kill match of the season. Sophomore Eva Stoilova (Sofia, Bulgaria) led the squad with 14 digs while Donivan also added 13 digs. The Dolphins also held their first match lead of the 2004 season after winning game-one (30-25).

Jen Smith (17 kills/11 digs), Michele Heck (15 kills/12 digs) and Ashley Meffert (41 assists/19 digs) led the Bearcats with double-doubles while Megan Hoag also added 13 digs.

JU will begin a three-match home stand at Swisher Gymnasium this week against North Florida on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m.