Volleyball Ends Skid with 3-1 Win Over Mercer

Sept. 25, 2004

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior outside hitter Candice Rose (19 kills, 12 digs), junior setter Erin Donivan (48 assists, 22 digs), sophomore outside hitter Petya Borisova (19 digs, 17 kills) and freshman middle hitter Katie Hendrian (11 digs, 10 kills) each finished with double-doubles to lead the JU volleyball team to a 3-1 (21-30, 31-29, 31-29, 30-25) win over Mercer to earn their first victory of the 2004 season, Saturday evening at Swisher Gymnasium. The victory also marked the first win for the Dolphins under first-year head coach Kevin Paul. JU is now 1-8 overall and 1-1 in Atlantic Sun Conference play while Mercer falls to 6-8, 1-1.

Junior middle blocker Danielle Neville (Greenwood Village, Colo.) added a team-high eight blocks and junior middle hitter Lindsay Ward (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) finished with seven to lead the Dolphins to a season-best 16 team blocks. Junior outside hitter Joanna Silva (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) also finished with a season-high 15 digs while senior libero Kelly Ryals (Gainesville, Fla.) led the Dolphin defense with 22 digs.

Jackie Viren (25 digs, 17 kills) and Katie Plummer (34 digs, 13 kills) led the Bears with double-doubles while Catie Clemens finished with a match-high 55 assists. Liz Kane led the Mercer defense with a match-high 39 digs on the evening.

In game one, Mercer jumped out to an early 6-1 lead after a pair of kills by Julie Darty before JU cut the margin to 10-9 on a kill by Borisova. The Bears took a 17-12 advantage after kill by Darty and the Dolphins would get no closer than four points as the Bears controlled the first game.

In the second frame, Mercer took control early (10-0) after four hitting errors by the Dolphins. The Bears increased their lead to 18-5 after a hitting error by sophomore outside hitter Eva Stoilova (Sofia, Bulgaria) but JU would rally behind a spark off the bench by Hendrian and Silva. The Dolphins made it a 19-13 deficit after a kill by Borisova and then used a pair of kills by Borisova and a pair of blocks by Borisova and Ward to make it 20-17. After a 6-3 run by the Bears (26-20), JU answered with a 5-3 run to make it a 29-25 deficit and match-point to Mercer. The Dolphins would rally behind kills by Borisova and Ward along with a hitting error by Darty to even the game at 29-29. After another hitting error by Darty, Borisova ended the game with a kill to even the match.

In game three, Mercer took another early lead (6-2) before JU used an 8-4 run to even the game at 10-10. The two squads would change leads four times until JU took a 20-17 advantage after a hitting error by Plummer. Mercer answered with a 4-1 run to even the game at 21-21 and the two squads once again exchanged leads three times until the Bears took a 29-27 advantage on a hitting error by Rose. After a timeout, JU finished the game with a 4-0 run on two kills by Hendrian and kills from Rose and Borisova to a take a 2-1 lead.

In the fourth game, Mercer took a 5-0 lead until JU used a 10-7 run to cut the lead to 12-10. The Dolphins took their first lead in the match (15-14) after a bad set by Clemens but the Bears would use a 7-1 run to make it 21-16. After a JU timeout, the Dolphins evened the game with a 4-0 run and would regain the lead (24-23) after a kill by Neville. JU would never trail the rest of the game as the Dolphins won the match on a 6-2 run.

JU will next travel to Stetson on Tuesday, Sept. 28, to face the Hatters at 7 p.m. in Deland, Fla.