Volleyball Travels to Troy for Lone Match of the Weekend

Oct. 6, 2004

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After splitting its two conference road game last week, the JU volleyball team (3-9, 2-2) will continue Atlantic Sun Conference road action this weekend in Troy, Ala., as the Dolphins face Troy on Friday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. JU had its three-match winning streak snapped with a 3-1 loss to conference leader Belmont on Oct. 1 before evening its conference mark with a 3-0 win at Lipscomb on Oct. 2. The Dolphins have won three of their last four matches, including a 2-1 mark on the road. After this week, JU will play three of its next four conference matches at Swisher Gymnasium.

Troy enters the contest at 3-12 and 0-3 in A-Sun play after dropping a pair of road losses to UCF (3-1) and Florida Atlantic (3-0) over the weekend. The Lady Trojans have lost their last seven contests and have won only one game in A-Sun competition. Troy's last victory came against Samford (3-2) on Sept. 11.

Senior outside hitter Amy Brisbin leads the Lady Trojans with 155 kills (3.23 kpg) while freshman setter Eliza Zwettler paces the offense with 410 assists (8.04 apg). Freshman libero Bridget Reidy leads the Lady Trojan defense with 152 digsl (3.10 dpg). The squad is comprised of only three upperclassmen (one senior, two juniors), with two sophomores and five freshman making up the rest of the roster. JU leads the all-time series against Troy, 5-3.

Head Coach Kevin Paul: After three years of serving as the Dolphins' top assistant, Kevin Paul enters his first season as head coach of the JU volleyball program. During his tenure, JU has reached the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament each season, including a 14-5 finish in 2003 after overcoming a 1-10 start. During the squad's 14-5 run to end the year, JU won 11 consecutive matches.

Paul joined the Dolphin staff after six seasons as an assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky (1994-2000), where he helped coach seven Colonels to All-Ohio Valley Conference honors. In addition to assisting the EKU varsity squad, Paul also served as the head coach and played on the Eastern Kentucky men's club team. Paul helped lead the squad to a pair of National Intramural Recreational-Sports Association national rankings, finishing 13th in 1997 and 22nd in 1998.

Paul collected his first career victory with a 3-1 win vs. Mercer on Sept. 25 at Swisher Gymnasium.

Dolphins in the Atlantic Sun Rankings: Despite getting off to a slow start, JU ranks in the top five amongst the 11-team conference in several team and individual categories as of Oct. 4.

As a team, the Dolphins currently rank first in digs (18.95 dpg), second in blocks (2.12 bpg), third in assists (12.88 apg) and fourth in kills (14.21 kpg).

Individually, junior middle hitter Danielle Neville leads the A-Sun with an average of 1.21 blocks per game, 0.10 ahead of Chaz Arah (1.11) of UCF. Senior libero Kelly Ryals is also fifth in digs with an average of 3.97 per game.

The Streak Comes to an End: One of the Dolphins' most productive players in recent weeks, sophomore outside hitter Petya Borisova had her consecutive double-double streak ended at four matches after tallying only two kills and two digs against Lipscomb on Oct. 2.

In her previous four matches, Borisova posted a double-double against Georgia State (13 digs, 12 kills), Mercer (19 digs, 17 kills), Stetson (20 digs, 11 kills) and Belmont (15 kills, 13 digs). During her streak, the Sofia, Bulgaria, native posted 55 kills, 65 digs and five blocks, five assists and three aces. She currently leads the squad with four double-doubles this season while increasing her career total to four.

Silent Stoilova: If one were to follow the JU volleyball squad and then peruse the Dolphin team totals after 12 matches, you might find it hard to believe that sophomore Eva Stoilova is the team leader in kills with 107 (2.97 kpg). Senior outside hitter Candice Rose recorded the squad's season-high kill mark (19) on two occasions and six other members of the Dolphins' squad have tallied a higher hitting percentage than Stoilova.

The Sofia, Bulgaria, native recorded a season-high 17 kills vs. Georgia State on Sept. 24 but has recorded a team high with five double-digit kill efforts on the year. Despite the unflashy numbers, Stoilova has also been the most consistent offensive threat for the Dolphins by leading the squad in kills in six of 12 matches this season.

Yet another impressive fact is Stoilova currently ranks third on the squad with 107 digs (2.97), including four double-digit matches on the year.

Neville at the Net: Once again, junior middle hitter Danielle Neville has proven to be the one of the most dominant forces at the net in the Atlantic Sun Conference. As a sophomore, she led the conference in hitting percentage (.314) and has followed that effort by leading the A-Sun in blocks with an average of 1.21 per game.

Although she's not among the conference leaders in hitting, the Greenwood Village, Colo., native has climbed her way into the team lead for the first time this season with a .246 percentage. In the first six matches of the season, Neville was hitting a combined .100 percent from the floor but has posted a .357 percentage in her last six contests.

Dolphin Notables: Junior middle hitter Lindsay Ward recorded 11 kills and a team-high .444 hitting percentage (11-3-18) at Lipscomb...JU's 3-0 victory over Lipscomb was the first sweep of an opponent this year for the Dolphins...senior libero Kelly Ryals has recorded double-digit digs in her last five matches, including two 20-dig performances against Stetson (20) and Mercer (22).