WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2004
Volleyball's Home Streak Ends with 3-1 Loss to Georgia Southern
Nov. 10, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore outside hitter Eva Stoilova (Sofia, Bulgaria), junior middle hitter Lindsay Ward (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) and sophomore outside hitter Petya Borisova (Sofia, Bulgaria) led the Dolphins with double-digit kills but could not overcome a 28-kill performance by Iulia Porumbescu as the JU volleyball team had its home winning streak snapped at six with a 3-1 (30-23, 29-30, 21-30, 22-30) loss to Georgia Southern in a non-conference match, Wednesday evening at Swisher Gymnasium. Stoilova finished with a team-high 16 kills while Ward (14) and Borisova (12) rounded out the double-figure offense for the Dolphins. Junior outside hitter Joanna Silva (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) added a career-high 20 digs while junior setter Erin Donivan (Sarasota, Fla.) recorded a double-double with 38 assists and 11 digs. JU is now 12-12 overall while Georgia Southern improves to 17-9 on the year.
Senior libero Kelly Ryals (Gainesville, Fla.) finished with 13 digs to help JU to a 74-72 advantage in team digs. Ward also added a match-high five blocks to help the Dolphins to an 11.0-7.0 block advantage in the contest. Senior outside hitter Candice Rose (Mechanicsville, Md.) tallied eight kills and junior middle hitter Danielle Neville (Greenwood Village, Colo.) also finished with seven kills four blocks and three service aces.
Porumbescu tallied the match-high 28 kills by hitting .290 from the floor (28-8-69) and also added 10 digs. Kristen Kasprak (14) and Jennifer Schenk (10) also finished with double-digit kills for the Eagles. Defensively, Staci Anderson (15), Susan Winkelman (12), Natalia Galantini (12) and Kristen Kasprak (10) rounded out the double-digit kill efforts while Galantini and Winkelman paced the offense with 31 and 26 assists, respectively. The Eagles held the advantage in hitting percentage by a .265-.206 margin.
After winning game one by hitting .351, the Dolphins slowly tapered off in the rest of the contest by recording games of .250, .167 and .091. The Eagles increased their hitting percentage as the match progressed with a .190 in game one followed by .186, .347 and .319 in the final frame.
JU will complete the 2004 regular season at USF on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. The Dolphins will then compete in the Atlantic Sun Championship on Friday, Nov. 19, against UCF in first round action.