SATURDAY, OCTOBER 03, 2009
Volleyball ends weekend with 3-1 decision over Kennesaw State
Junior outside hitter Aidan Yeager tallied 16 kills and hit a career-best .406 (16-3-32) while senior libero Shelley Walroth notched a match-high 22 digs as the JU volleyball team defeated Kennesaw State, 3-1 (25-17, 24-26, 25-23, 25-19), Saturday afternoon at the KSU Convocation Center.
JU (10-5, 6-2), which has won seven consecutive matches, hit .228 in the contest including a match-high .314 (15-4-35) in set three.
KSU (8-7, 3-5) finished .096 during the contest including a match-low .049 in set four. The Dolphins have now held an opponent under .100 hitting percentage for the third straight match.
“This was an important weekend for us and we did a great job of executing,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “These matches are important to see who will be vying for one of the top spots in the conference tournament.”
Walroth is now 82 digs shy of cracking the top 25 all-time in NCAA history.
Along with Yeager, junior outside hitter Brittany Lehman finished with 14 kills, eight digs, three blocks and two service aces. Senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton (11 kills, 11 digs) and junior setter Hannah Munneke (45 assists, 11 digs) each notched double-doubles.
Asjia Stokes led the Owls with 15 kills while Chelsey Denesha added 16 digs and nine kills. Rachel Albright had 20 assists and 14 digs while Selina O’Leary (12 digs) and Sabrita Gulley (10 digs) also added to the defense.
In the first set, JU opened up the frame with a 4-0 run after an attack error by Gulley but the Owls would cut the margin to 9-8 with a kill by Ginny Fredrick. Both team would battle through three ties until the Dolphins used a 3-0 run to take a 16-13 lead on a kill by Yeager. JU increased the margin to 18-14 with a kill by freshman middle blocker Alison Loeppky before the Dolphins used a 4-0 run to make it 22-15 with a kill by Singleton. Both teams would trade points until a block assist by junior middle blocker Kathryn Kane and Yeager gave JU a 1-0 lead in the match.
In the second frame, the Owls opened up a 5-1 lead with a kill by Denesha and then increased the margin to 8-3 with a service error by the Dolphins. JU would rally with a 7-2 run, capped by a kill by Yeager, to even the contest at 10-10. Both teams would go through six more ties until the Owls used a 3-0 run, capped by an ace by Albright, to open up a 19-16 lead. Both teams would trade points until a 2-0 run by JU cut the margin to 22-21 with a kill by Kane. KSU answered with a 2-0 run to make it 24-21 on a kill by Gulley but JU answered with a 3-0 run, fueled by consecutive attack errors by Gulley, to even the contest at 24-24. KSU would even the match at 1-1 after a service error and an attack error by the Dolphins.
In the third set, KSU jumped out to an early 7-1 lead after an ace by Gulley. Both teams would trade points until JU used a 4-0 run, capped by a kill by Yeager, to cut the margin to 11-9. The Owls would fend off attempts by JU to even the score until a 3-0 run by the Dolphins tied things up, 17-17, with a kill by Kane. Both teams would trade a point until KSU used a 2-0 run to make it 20-18 with an attack error by the Dolphins. JU would even the score again, 21-21, after an attack error by Gulley and both teams would go through two more ties until consecutive attack errors by Stokes gave JU a 2-1 lead into the break.
In the fourth frame, KSU took an early 5-2 lead after an attack error by the Dolphins before increasing the lead to 7-3 on a kill by Callie Churchwell. JU answered back with a 4-0 run, capped by an attack error by Gulley, to even the contest at 7-7. Both teams would go through two more ties until the Dolphins used a 3-0 run, capped by a kill by Singleton, to take a 12-9 advantage. KSU answered back with a 3-0 run, capped by a kill by Albright, to make it 12-12. Both teams would trade a point until JU used a 5-0 run, capped by a block assist by Lehman and Loeppky, to take an 18-13 advantage. The Dolphins increased the lead to 21-14 after an attack error by Stokes and then increased the margin to 23-15 with a kill by Kane. The Owls cut the deficit to 23-18 with a block assist by Churchwell and Gulley but the Dolphins got an attack error by Gulley and a kill by Kane to seal the match.
JU will return home for a pair of matches at Swisher Gymnasium beginning with ETSU on Friday at 7 p.m.