THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2004
Volleyball Hosts Stetson on Saturday

Oct. 21, 2004

After having its season-high five match winning streak snapped on Wednesday with a 3-1 non-conference loss to Georgia Southern, the JU volleyball team (7-10, 5-2) will return to Atlantic Sun Conference action this weekend. The Dolphins, who have currently won four straight conference contests, will host Stetson on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium. JU defeated the Hatters earlier in the year with a 3-1 non-conference victory on Sept. 29 at the Edmunds Center. In match against Stetson, senior Candice Rose tallied 19 kills with a .395 hitting percentage (19-4-38) while sophomore Petya Borisova recorded her second double-double of the year with 20 digs and 11 kills.

Stetson enters the contest at 6-10 and 3-4 in A-Sun play after splitting over the weekend with a 3-2 win over Campbell and a 3-1 loss to Georgia State. Prior to their loss to GSU, the Hatters had won a season-high three matches with wins over Troy (3-0), Gardner-Webb (3-0) and Campbell. Stetson is currently 1-4 on the road this season.

Senior outside hitter Kira Smedley leads the Hatter offense with 227 kills (3.78 kpg) which ranks fifth in the A-Sun. Sophomore Melissa Muller (5.22) and freshman Rachel Miller (5.33) split the setter duties for Stetson while sophomore libero Liz Gorski leads the squad with 213 digs (3.61).

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: JU continues to solidify itself in the top five amongst the 11-team conference in several team and individual categories as of Oct. 18.

As a team, the Dolphins currently rank second in digs (18.39 dpg), third in blocks (2.07 bpg), and assists (12.89 apg), fourth in kills (14.21 kpg) and and opponent hitting percentage (.215) and fifth in hitting percentage (.187).

Individually, junior middle hitter Danielle Neville ranks second with an average of 1.11 blocks per game. Senior libero Kelly Ryals is also fifth in digs with an average of 3.98 per game.

Dolphin Notables: Sophomore outside hitter Eva Stoilova has solidified her lead in kills by leading the squad with 17 and 8 kills, respectively, in the Dolphins' past two matches...JU's program record for consecutive conference wins is six which was set during the 2003 season. The Dolphins are currently at four consecutive victories.