WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 02, 2009
Volleyball opens Southern Miss La Quinta Inn Invite on Friday
Senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton
Senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton
After a strong finish last weekend, the JU volleyball team (2-1) will conclude its non-conference tournaments this weekend in the Southern Miss La Quinta Inn Invitational at Reed Green Coliseum. The Dolphins open against Louisiana Tech (3-1) on Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET before taking on host Southern Miss (3-1) at 8 p.m. ET. JU concludes the event against Sam Houston State (4-1) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET. The opening day of matches against the Lady Techsters and Golden Eagles can be followed on GameTracker by logging onto JUDolphins.com. 

Dolphin notables
Senior libero Shelley Walroth and junior outside hitter Aidan Yeager were each selected to the Radisson-UCF Invitational all-tournament team...JU has started out as season 2-1 for the second consecutive year...freshman outside hitter Alliya Drzewiecki made her collegiate debut last weekend after sitting out last season as a redshirt at Florida State.

Walroth counting down
Senior libero Shelley Walroth broke another JU record last season and is now setting her sights on becoming only the 26th player in NCAA history to surpass 2,000 career digs. After tallying the JU single-season record for digs as a freshman, Walroth surpassed Julie Heipp - 1,324 (1991-94) on the career list with 25 against Georgia Southern on Sept. 30, 2008. With all the JU records in her possession, her targets are now the A-Sun, NCAA and family bragging rights . Her sister, Julie, tallied 2,095 career digs to set the program record at Evansville (2004-07). The younger Walroth currently holds the family single-season record but sits at 1,926 in her career and needs 170 to become the undisputed head of the family. In the A-Sun record book, Kaena Apana of ETSU holds the single-season record with 750 and Anne Mullins of Lipscomb is the career holder with 1,969. Walroth is currently 44 off the pace for the career record. In the NCAA, the Division I record for career digs is 2,791 by Paula Gentil of Minnesota from 2002-05. Walroth would need 866 more digs in order to surpass the mark. She is also 74 digs shy of the 2,000 dig plateau. Walroth, who led the conference in digs, ranked fourth in the nation last season with an average of 5.87 digs per set to earn 2008 AVCA “Libero of the Year” Honorable Mention honors.

Loeppky earns gold at Canada Games
After going 2-1 to open the 2009 season, the JU volleyball team will received a boost as freshman middle blocker Alison Loeppky joins the squad after leading her native Manitoba to a gold medal in the 2009 Jeux Du Canada Games in Charlottetown, Prince Edward. Loeppky helped lead Manitoba to a perfect 7-0 record through the national tournament after tallying 27 kills, 11 service aces and 24 blocks in six contests. She also finished strong by registering four service aces and a .417 hitting (6-1-12) in the semifinals before registering a .500 hitting percentage (9-2-14) and 12 blocks in the final. In pool play, Manitoba recorded wins over New Brunswick (3-0), Yukon (3-0), Quebec (3-2), Prince Edward Island (3-0) and Alberta (3-2). In the semifinals, the squad blanked Nova Scotia (3-0) before handling Ontario (3-1) in the medal match. The Canada Games is a high level multi-sport event with a National Artists Program held every two years, alternating between the Canada Winter Games and the Canada Summer Games. Since their inception, the Canada Games have played a prominent role in developing some of Canada’s premier athletes including Lennox Lewis, Sidney Crosby and Steve Nash.