Volleyball ends weekend with 3-0 win over Campbell
Junior Aidan Yeager
Junior Aidan Yeager
Despite playing short-handed and dodging a bullet in the first set, an ensemble cast helped propel the JU volleyball team to a 3-0 (29-27, 25-18, 25-21) win over Campbell, Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (12-5, 8-2), which now holds its longest winning streak under head coach Shaun Kupferberg, increased its streak to nine matches and its program record home winning streak to 13 (6-0 this season). The unbeaten mark at home is the best start for JU since joining the A-Sun in 1998.

CU (12-8, 6-4) held a 24-21 advantage in set one but failed to finish as the squad could not overcome the let down for the rest of the contest. The Camels used 7.5 team blocks to hold JU under .200 hitting (.153) for the first time since Sept. 16 (seven matches) but hit a match-low .051 in the contest.

“This was an ugly weekend for us but we are finding a way to win,” said Kupferberg. “Injuries seem to keep popping up for us but we find another person to step in and pick up the slack. Rallying in set one really got us focused and we carried the momentum the rest of the way.”

The Dolphins were without freshman middle blocker Alison Loeppky due to a finger injury and junior outside hitter Brittany Lehman was limited due to an abdominal strain suffered against ETSU.

Walroth, who tallied her ninth 20 dig performance of the year with a match-high 21, is now 18 digs shy of cracking the top 25 all-time in NCAA history.

Singleton, who has tallied a double-double in three consecutive matches, also registered three blocks. Junior outside hitter Aidan Yeager led the offense with 11 kills while senior middle blocker Nicki Kent added seven kills and a match-high five blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Kathryn Kane also finished with nine kills, eight digs and two blocks.

Ashley Weers led the Camels with 11 kills, a match-high .360 (11-2-25) hitting percentage and four blocks. Emily Werner added 10 kills and 10 digs while Sarah Hill led the defense with 15 digs.

In the first set, CU took an early 4-1 lead on a bad set by the Dolphins and then used a 3-0 run to extend the advantage to 7-2 with an ace by Alison Goldbach. The Camels increased the lead to 13-7 with a kill by Weers but the Dolphins cut the martin to 17-15 with an ace by Kane. The Camels answered with a 3-0 run, capped by an ace by Werner, to make it 20-15 but JU cut the deficit to 22-21 with a kill by Yeager. CU answered back with a 2-0 run to make it 24-21 on a kill by Weers but the Dolphins got new life with a 4-0 run to take a 25-24 with an ace by Yeager. Both teams would battle through three more ties until JU got a solo blocks by Singleton and Kent to give JU a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second frame, JU jumped out to a 5-1 lead after consecutive kills by Kane and then used a 6-1 run to push the advantage to 11-2. The Dolphins made it 13-3 with a kill by Singleton and pushed the margin to 15-4 after an attack error by Jordan Reaves. JU would cruise the rest of the way as its lead did not drop below six points en route to a 2-0 lead heading into the break.

In the third set, both teams went through two ties until JU opened up a 5-3 lead after a service error by Hope Leatigaga. After a block assist by Caitlin Bendy and Werner, the Dolphins blew things open with a 5-0 run to make it 10-4 on an ace by Kane. The Camels cut the deficit to 16-13 after an attack error by the Dolphins and CU would even the contest, 19-19, with a kill by Weers. JU would bounce back with a 2-0 run, capped by an attack error by Werner and both teams would trade points until another attack error by Werner and an ace by sophomore defensive specialist Ashley August gave JU the match.

JU will embark on a four-game road trip in A-Sun action beginning with cross-town rival UNF at UNF Arena on Tuesday at 7 p.m.