Volleyball Battles But Falls to USF, 3-2

Nov. 16, 2004

Box Score

TAMPA, Fla. - Junior middle hitter Lindsay Ward (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) set a career high with 15 kills and added five blocks while sophomore outside hitter Eva Stoilova (Sofia, Bulgaria) and sophomore setter Erin Hickman (San Antonio, Texas) each tallied a double-double but the Jacksonville University volleyball team dropped a 3-2 (19-30, 30-27, 30-25, 29-31, 10-15) non-conference match to USF, Tuesday evening at The Corral. Stoilova finished with 14 digs and 12 kills for her sixth double-double of the year while Hickman tallied 38 assists, 10 kills and nine digs. JU ends the 2004 regular season with a 12-13 overall record while USF improves to 9-18. The Dolphins, who earned the fourth seed in the A-Sun Championships on Nov. 19-20 with an 8-2 record, face fifth-seeded UCF in the first round of the tournament on Friday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m. in Orlando, Fla.

Senior Candice Rose (Mechanicsville, Md.) registered 11 kills and seven digs while junior middle hitter Danielle Neville (Greenwood Village, Colo.) finished with nine kills and three blocks. Senior libero Kelly Ryals (Gainesville, Fla.) and freshman middle hitter Katie Hendrian (Cincinnati, Ohio) each added a team-high 15 digs.

Flavia Silveria led the Bulls with 22 kills and a .340 hitting percentage while Michelle Stalbaum finished with 20 digs and 13 kills. Juliana Noguiera dished out a match-high 40 assists and Johari Williams (16) and Kristina Fabris (14) rounded out the USF double-digit kill efforts. USF held the advantage in hitting percentage, .217-.187, but the Dolphins registered 9.0 blocks compared to 6.5 by the Bulls.

In game one, both teams played even until USF used a 4-0 run, capped by a Johari Williams service ace, to take an 11-6 advantage. After two-consecutive points by the Dolphins, the Bulls used a 5-0 run to lead 16-8. JU would get no closer in the contest as USF took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In game two, the Dolphins jumped out to a 6-3 lead after kills by Stoilova and Hickman and a service ace by Ryals. After trading points, JU used another 3-0 run to make it a 10-5 score. Another point trade occurred before the Dolphins ran off three consecutive points (14-7) for the third time after a USF service error, a kill by Hickman and an attack error by the Bulls. With the deficit at 16-9, USF went on a 4-0 run to make it 16-13. The two sides traded points again until the Dolphins used another 3-0 run to make it 20-15. After a ball handling error by Hickman, JU ran off five consecutive points to take a 25-16 advantage. The Bulls would not go away, however, as USF used an 8-0 run to make it 25-24. Both teams would trade points until a kill by Neville evened the match, 1-1.

In game three, both teams played even again until JU went on a 3-0 run to take a 9-5 advantage. Each team would trade two-run spurts until the Dolphins used a 3-0 run behind kills by Stoilova and Rose and an attack error by USF to make it 19-11. The Bulls would answer with a 6-1 run to cut the deficit to 20-17. The Dolphins kept their advantage by matching spurts with the Bulls through the remainder of the game to lead 2-1.

In game four, both squads traded punches until JU used a 3-0 run to lead 6-4. USF would later answer with a 3-0 run of their own to make it 9-9. Neither team would lead by more than two points until the Bulls ran off 11 consecutive points to take a 24-15 advantage. JU would answer with a 12-3 run, capped by a kill by Hickman, to even the game at 27-27. With the game tied, 29-29, USF took advantage of a ball handling error by Hickman before Stalbaum evened the match, 2-2, with a service ace.

In the final frame, no team lead by more than a point until USF used 3-0 run to make it 8-5. With the Bulls leading 10-8, USF took the match by ending the game with a 5-2 run.