Volleyball falls to Lipscomb, 3-0, to end weekend
Senior middle blocker Nicki Kent
Senior middle blocker Nicki Kent
The rough road trip continued for the Dolphins as the JU volleyball team fell to Lipscomb, 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-19), Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena.

JU (3-5, 0-2) was swept for the second straight match after Lipscomb (6-3, 3-0) hit a contest-best .312, including a match-high .500 in the second frame. The Dolphins, who hit under .200 for the second straight day, also allowed an opponent to hit over .300 for the second straight contest.

“This was a tough opening weekend,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “There is not much to say because the stats speak for themselves. We have a long way to go as a team and we don’t have much time to regroup with UNF coming to our place on Wednesday. We have to learn from this experience and get better from it.”

Walroth, who recently surpassed 2,000 career digs finished with a season-low nine digs in the contest. She is now 203 digs shy of cracking the top 25 all-time in NCAA history.

Junior outside hitter Aidan Yeager led the Dolphins with 10 kills and a .350 (10-3-20) hitting percentage. Senior middle blocker Nicki Kent finished with a match-high five blocks while senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton registered 10 digs.

Alex Kelly led the Bisons with match highs in kills (16) and hitting percentage (.500, 16-2-28) while also tallying 10 digs. Meghan Hinemeyer tallied 15 kills while Jake Pease paced the offense with 39 assists.

In the first set, both teams went through two ties until JU used a 3-0 run to take a 5-2 lead on a kill by sophomore middle blocker Brittany Lehman. The Dolphins made it 11-8 with a block assist by Kent and sophomore outside hitter Kathryn Kane but the Bisons used a 4-0 run to take a 12-11 lead. After three more ties, Lipscomb used a 6-1 run to open up a 21-16 advantage. Both teams would trade points until a kill by Kelly gave the Bisons a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second frame, both teams went through three ties until the Bisons used a 4-0 run to take a 7-3 lead. LU made it 12-5 after a ball handling error by the Dolphins and increased the margin to 19-12 with a kill by Amy Trykowksi. The Bisons would end the frame on a 6-2 run to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the third set, LU jumped out to an 8-2 lead on a kill by Pease and then made it 13-5 with a kill after a ball handling error by the Dolphins. The Bisons made it 18-9 with kill by Trykowski before a kill by Hinemeyer made it 21-10. JU would cut the deficit to 23-17 with an ace by Lehman but the Bisons got a kill by Kelly and a kill by Kory Honel to end the match.

JU will continue A-Sun play against cross-town rival UNF on Wednesday at 7 p.m.