FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 04, 2009
Volleyball falls to Southern Miss, 3-1, in second match of Southern Miss La Quinta Inn Invitational
Senior libero Shelley Walroth
Senior libero Shelley Walroth
Senior libero Shelley Walroth added 15 more digs to her career total but the JU volleyball team fell to host Southern Miss, 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 10-25, 20-25), Friday evening in the Southern Miss La Quinta Inn Invitational at Reed Green Coliseum.

JU (2-3) got off to an early start for the second straight contest, after hitting a match-high .333, but could not overcome an offensive resurgence by USM (5-1) in the next three sets.

“We had another great start but could not keep our consistency on offense,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “We have another match to try and work on some things before our conference schedule is upon us.”

Walroth, who holds the individual and career dig records at JU, is now 27 digs shy of surpassing Anne Mullins of Lipscomb for the Atlantic Sun Conference all-time record.

Senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton led the Dolphins with 10 kills while adding seven digs. Senior middle blocker Nicki Kent added nine kills, a team-high .389 hitting percentage (9-2-18) and a match-high seven blocks. Freshman outside hitter Alliya Drzewiecki chipped in with nine kills and five digs while sophomore outside hitter Kathryn Kane finished with 13 digs.

Ashley Mell finished with 10 kills and 11 digs for the Eagles while Sarah Jane Bowden added 12 kills and six blocks. Angela Hlavaty tallied 12 kills and nine digs while Caitlin Clarke chipped in with nine kills, four digs and four blocks.

In the first set, JU took a 3-1 lead after an attack error by Sears but the Eagles evened things up (5-5) after an attack error by the Dolphins. The two teams went through seven more ties until USM used a 3-0 run, capped by a kill by Mell, to take a 16-13 advantage. JU answered back with a 4-0 run, capped by an attack error by Mell, to open up a 17-16 lead. Both teams would go through two more ties until the Dolphins ended the frame with a 5-0 run, capped by a bad set by Kelsea Seymour, to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second frame, both teams battled through five ties until the Eagles used a 6-0 run to take an 11-5 advantage. The Dolphins would cut the deficit to 15-14 after a kill by junior middle blocker Brittany Lehman but the Eagles would answer with a 3-0 run to push the advantage to 18-14. USM increased the margin to 20-15 after a ball handling error by JU but the Dolphins cut the deficit o 21-18 after a block assist by freshman middle blocker Alison Loeppky and Kent. The Eagles would push the advantage to 24-18 with a block by Hlavaty but JU used a 3-0 run, capped by an attack error by Mell, to cut the lead to 24-21. SM would even the match, 1-1, after a service error by the Dolphins.

In the third set, both teams went through two ties until the Eagles used a 7-0 run to take a 10-3 advantage. SM increased the lead to 14-5 with a kill by Clarke before using a 4-1 run to open up an 18-6 advantage with an ace by Maia Ivanova. SM would cruise the rest of the way, outscoring JU 7-4, to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth frame, both teams battled through four ties until SM used a 3-0 run to take a 9-6 lead after a ball handling error by the Dolphins. JU would cut the deficit to 11-10 with a block by Kent but the Eagles pushed the advantage to 16-12 with a block by Clarke and Bowden. SM would increase the lead to 20-15 with a kill by Hlavaty but JU would cut the deficit to 21-18 after an attack error by Hlavaty. SM would end the set with a 4-2 run, capped by a kill by Bowden, to take the match.

JU will end play in the Southern Miss La Quinta Inn Invitational against Sam Houston State on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET.