TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2009
Volleyball hosts UNF on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

After opening A-Sun play in Nashville, the JU volleyball team (3-5, 0-2) will host its Swisher Gymnasium home opener against cross-town rival UNF (4-5, 0-2) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for the first installment of the SunTrust River City Rumble. Last season, each team protected its home court as the programs got a split in the season series for the first time since 2005. The matches can be viewed on ASun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com. 

Dolphin notables
The Dolphins were swept in their road trip through Nashville for the third consecutive attempt (2009, 2008, 2006)...junior outside hitter Aidan Yeager led the offense with 23 kills (3.83 kps) and a .340 (23-6-50) hitting percentage over the weekend...junior middle blocker Brittany Lehman was also solid with 14 kills (2.33 kps) and a .224 (14-3-49) hitting percentage...despite leading the conference in defense, JU opponents hit a combined .318 (101-27-233) in two matches.

Walroth counting down Senior libero Shelley Walroth reached yet another milestone and is setting her sights on cracking the top 25 spots in NCAA history. After tallying the JU single-season record for digs as a freshman, Walroth surpassed Julie Heipp - 1,324 (1991-94) on the career list last season with 25 against Georgia Southern on Sept. 30, 2008. As a junior, she earned first team all-conference and A-Sun Defensive “Player of the Year” accolades while also garnering 2008 AVCA “Libero of the Year” Honorable Mention honors after ranking fourth in the nation with 5.87 dps. This year, Walroth added an A-Sun record to her belt by overtaking Ann Mullins of Lipscomb (1,969) for career digs with 21 against Sam Houston State on Sept. 5. With 17 at Belmont she surpassed 2,000 in her career and her next targets are family bragging rights and the NCAA Top 25. Walroth’s 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 2,017 in her career and needs 79 to become the undisputed head of the family. In the NCAA career standings, Walroth needs 204 digs to crack the top 25 all-time and has a chance to etch her name in the record books for some time. The Division I record for career digs is 3,176 by Lara Newberry of Chattanooga from 2005-08. Walroth currently leads the A-Sun with an average of 5.41 digs per set.

Dolphins in the A-Sun rankings
In the team rankings, JU is first in digs (17.78 dps)...third in opponent hitting percentage (.174)...fourth in blocks (1.81 bps)...fifth in kills (11.90 kps). Individually,senior libero Shelley Walroth is first in digs per set (5.41) and second in digs (146)...senior middle blocker Nicki Kent is first in blocks per set (1.22) and 10th in hitting percentage (.278)....junior middle blocker Brittany Lehman is third in aces per set (0.41)...junior outside hitter Aidan Yeager is sixth in kills per set (3.26).