Volleyball blanks Stetson, 3-0
Freshman Nicole Teplitz
Freshman Nicole Teplitz
Senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton tallied a career-best 17 kills while senior libero Shelley Walroth earned family bragging rights as the JU volleyball team defeated Stetson, 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-18), Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (8-5, 4-2), which has won five consecutive matches, hit .376 in the contest including a match-high .417 (12-2-24) in set one. The Dolphins were without senior middle blocker Nicki Kent, who is out indefinitely with a knee injury suffered during a 3-2 win over FGCU on Friday night.

SU (0-13, 0-7) finished .026 during the contest including a match-low -.125 in the opening set.

“We had to make a few adjustments in the lineup today but the girls stepped up,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “This was a very successful weekend for us and now we need to keep this streak rolling.”

Walroth surpassed her sister, Julie, who tallied 2,095 career digs to set the program record at Evansville (2004-07) to become the undisputed head of the family. Walroth, who finished with a match-high 12 digs, is now119 digs shy of cracking the top 25 all-time in NCAA history.

Along with her career best in kills, Singleton hit .375 (17-5-32) from the floor while notching nine digs. Freshman middle blocker Alison Loeppky finished with eight kills, a .571 (8-0-14) hitting percentage, a match-high five blocks and two assists. Freshman outside hitter Alliya Drzewiecki also added six kills and a .545 (6-0-11) hitting percentage while junior setter Hannah Munneke paced the offense with a match-high 33 assists.

Kaylee Ream led the Hatters with seven kills while Anna Becker led the defense with nine digs.

In the first set, JU jumped out to an early 5-2 lead on an ace by Kane before using a 5-0 run to increase the margin to 12-4 after an attack error by Stephanie Canfield. The Dolphins increased the margin to 15-5 with a kill by Kane and then used a 4-0 run, capped by a kill by Singleton, to make it 19-7. Both teams would trade points until JU used a 4-0 run, capped by a block assist by junior outside hitter Aidan Yeager and Loeppky, to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second frame, the Dolphins opened the set with a 5-0 run after three consecutive kills by Singleton but the Hatters cut the mark to 8-5 after a ball handling error by JU. The Dolphins answered with a 6-1 run, capped by a kill by Singleton, to make it 14-6 and would follow that up with a 6-0 run to open up a 21-9 advantage on a kill by Drzewiecki. Both teams would trade point the rest of the way until a kill by Munneke gave JU a 2-0 lead into the break.

In the third set, JU opened up a 5-1 lead with a kill by Singleton and then used a 4-0 run to push the advantage to 10-3. The Dolphins increased the lead to 13-5 with a kill by Singleton before increasing the margin to 18-9 with a kill by Drzewiecki. After an attack error by Ream gave JU a 24-14 lead, the Hatters made a small comeback with a 4-0 run but a service error by Brandy Worlton ended the set and gave JU the match.

JU will continue A-Sun action on the road as the Dolphins travel to Mercer on Friday at 7 p.m.