Volleyball Falls, 3-1, to Georgia State in A-Sun Opener

Sept. 24, 2004

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Box Score

Senior Kelly Ryals (17 digs, 11 kills), junior Erin Donivan (39 assists, 13 digs) and sophomores Eva Stoilova (17 kills, 10 digs) and Petya Borisova (13 digs, 12 kills) each finished with double-doubles but the JU volleyball team fell to Georgia State, 3-1 (30-28, 27-30, 35-33, 30-23), Friday evening at Swisher Gymnasium. The Dolphins fall to 0-8 overall and 0-1 in Atlantic Sun play while the Lady Panthers improve to 4-10, 1-0. The match marked the first Atlantic Sun Conference game for both squads.

Junior middle hitter Danielle Neville also added nine kills and a match-high seven blocks while junior middle hitter Lindsay Ward chipped in 13 kills and five blocks while hitting .500 from the floor (13-1-24). The Dolphins finished with a season-high .305 hitting percentage and 12.0 blocks in the contest but gave up a late lead in game three before hitting .100 (8-4-40) in game four.

April DeCoste (52 assists, 16 digs) led Georgia State with a double-double while Alex Blenche (21), Robyn van Dam (14) and Carol Mattos (13) also added double-digit kill efforts. Christen Garcia (21) and Natalie Coley (11) led the Lady Panther defense.

In game one, JU jumped out to a 7-1 lead after a pair of kills by Stoilova and senior outside hitter Candice Rose. GSU used an 8-2 run to tie the contest at 9-9 before ending up with a 25-19 advantage on a kill by DeCoste. The Dolphins cut the margin to 28-27 but consecutive kills by Blenche ended the game.

In game two, JU took an early 10-5 lead before the Lady Panthers cut the deficit to 21-20 after a kill by van Dam. Kills by sophomore Erin Hickman and Borisova and a pair of service errors by GSU increased the JU lead to 25-21. The Lady Panthers took a 27-26 lead after a service error by Stoilova but a 4-0 run by the Dolphins evened the match.

In game three, JU led 4-1 before GSU evened the score at 6-6 after a bad set by Donivan. The Dolphins outscored the Lady Panthers 17-10 to take a 23-16 advantage but GSU used a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to 23-21. JU jumped back out to a 28-24 advantage but could not hold off a 4-0 run by the Lady Panthers to even the score at 28-28. After the two squads traded scores for the next nine plays, the Lady Panthers scored two consecutive points to win the game 35-33.

In the final frame, GSU led 4-1 early but JU took a 4-3 lead after an attack error by Mattos. GSU went on an 11-5 run to lead 14-9 and never trailed for the remainder of the game as the Lady Panthers captured the match.

JU will continue its three-match homestand this weekend as the complete the weekend against Mercer on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m.