Volleyball's rally falls short in five

Oct. 16, 2005

Final Stats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Despite dropping the first two games, the Jacksonville volleyball team extended the match to a fifth game before falling to South Florida, 3-2, on Sunday at Swisher Gymnasium.

Katie Hendrian came off the bench to lead the Dolphins with 16 kills and 12 digs for her first double-double of the season.

"This was a tough match to swallow, especially with how well we played in the third and fourth games," said JU head coach Kevin Paul. "Our defense wasn't very effective the first two games, which cost us dearly. We came out of the intermission and played really well, but something happened there in the fifth game and we just couldn't control the ball and USF took advantage."

USF (3-14) took advantage of the Dolphins' defense early, winning games one and two easily, 30-25 and 30-27. USF hit .400 in game one with 20 kills and .222 in game two with 15 kills.

But then something funny happened on the way to game three.

The Dolphins (8-12) were late returning to the floor to start game three, costing them a point and giving USF first serve. And somewhere during the eight-minute intermission, the Dolphins found their game, rallying to force a fifth game.

Jacksonville's defense finally showed up, holding USF to just 13 kills while pounding out 16 of their own to take a 30-28 win. Katie Hendrian came off the bench in game three and pounded out five kills.

Game four saw the Dolphins play their best game of the match. JU hit .282 with 14 kills while limiting USF to a .044 hitting percentage. Hendrian was right there again for the Fins, getting three kills.

Game five saw the Dolphins keep the momentum rolling, opening a 10-2 lead. USF had one last rally left in them, holding off two match points to tie the game at 14.

It was too late for the Dolphins as the Bulls had momentum squarely on their side, winning two of the last three points to take the match with a 17-15 win in game five, despite Hendrian's eight kills in the game.

The Dolphins were also got a double-double from Petya Borisova, who had 15 kills and digs. Erin Donivan dished out 57 assists while Danielle Neville had 10 kills and five blocks. Lindsey Ward added 12 kills for JU.

With her five blocks, Neville broke the school's all-time record in blocks of 376 and now has a total of 381 in her career.

USF had three players in double figures in kills, led by Kristina Fabris' 17.

The Dolphins return to the floor on Friday at Campbell. First serve is set for 7 p.m.