TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2009
Volleyball wins 3-2 heart stopper over UNF in second installment of SunTrust River City Rumble
Senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton
Senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton
Junior outside hitter Aidan Yeager got consecutive kills at the right time as the JU volleyball team battled back from match point in the deciding set to escape with a 3-2 (23-25, 25-19, 25-14, 19-25, 16-14) win over cross-town rival UNF, Tuesday evening in the second installment of the SunTrust River City Rumble at UNF Arena.

JU (13-5, 9-2), which now holds its longest winning streak under head coach Shaun Kupferberg, increased its streak to 10 matches after winning its second five-set match of the season. The win gives the Dolphins a sweep over the Ospreys this season (2-0) and gives JU a 2-1 lead in the Old Wooden Barrel standing.

UNF (8-12, 3-8) battled back from a 2-1 deficit in the match and used a 4-0 run to hold match point in the final set but was unable to stop Yeager on consecutive attempts from the right side.

“This was a great match tonight and we were very fortunate to come away with the win,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “You have to give UNF a lot of credit because they never backed down and gave us everything that we could handle. It’s matches like these that fuel the competition between our two schools and make it exciting for everyone.”

Senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton led the Dolphins with her fourth consecutive double-double (16 kills, 13 digs) and hit a match-high .277 (16-3-47). Yeager added 13 kills while sophomore outside hitter Kathryn Kane notched her second career double-double (16 digs, 11 kills) along with a career-best five aces and three blocks. Senior middle blocker Nicki Kent chipped in with eight kills and a match-high seven blocks.

Walroth, who tallied her 10th 20 dig performance of the year with a match-high 26, made her way into the top 25 all-time in NCAA history.

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

Paige Pridgeon led the Ospreys with a match-high 22 kills while also adding 13 digs and three blocks. Agata Dawidowicz added 11 kills, 11 digs and three aces while Jessica Catelano finished with 51 assists and 21 digs. Danielle Lerch (13 kills) and Kaley Read (10 kills) contributed to the offense while Nicole Baran (15 digs) and Marija Pantovic (four blocks) added to the defense.

In the first set, both teams went through three ties until JU used a 4-1 run to open up a 10-6 lead on an attack error by Read. UNF used a 4-1 run to cut the margin to 11-10 but the Dolphins answered with a 2-0 run, capped by a kill by Kane to make it 13-10. The Ospreys answered with a 3-0 run, capped on a kill by Pridgeon, to even the contest (13-13) and both teams would go through three more ties until UNF used a 4-0 run to open up a 20-16 advantage. JU answered with a 5-0 run, capped on a block assist by Yeager and Lehman to take a 21-10 lead. Both teams would go through two more ties until UNF used a 3-1 run to end the set and take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second frame, both teams went through four ties until JU used a 2-0 run to open up a 6-4 lead on a solo block by Kent. The Dolphins increased the margin to 9-5 with an ace by sophomore Ashley August before a kill by Kent pushed the lead to 11-6. UNF cut the margin to 11-9 with a block assist by Pantovic and Dawidowicz but the Dolphins answered with a 3-0 run, capped by a block assist by Lehman and sophomore setter Hannah Munneke to make it 14-9. The Osprey would answer with a 3-0 run, capped by a kill by Read, to cut the margin to 14-12 but both teams would trade points for several serves. The Dolphins pushed the lead to 19-15 with a kill by Kane and then an ace by Yeager made it 21-16 for JU. Both teams would trade points the rest of the way until JU got an ace by Walroth to even the match, 1-1, heading into the break.

In the third set, JU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a kill by Yeager and both teams would trade points until 2-0 run by UNF gave the Ospreys a 4-3 lead. JU would answer with a 4-0 run, capped by a block assist by Munneke and Kent, to open up a 7-4 lead. The Dolphins would make it 9-5 with a kill by Walroth and then increased the lead to 13-6 on an ace by August. JU increased the lead to 17-8 on a bad set by Catelano and both teams would trade points until a kill by Kent increased the margin to 23-13. The Dolphins would take a 2-1 lead in the match after an ace by Kane and a kill by Kent.

In the fourth frame, UNF jumped out to an early 6-2 lead on an ace by Read and then increased the lead to 10-6 with a kill by Catalano. The Ospreys made it 12-6 on an ace by Dawidowicz and both teams would trade points until a kill by Lerch made it 16-9. JU would answer with a 4-1 run, capped by a kill by Singleton, to cut the margin to 17-13 but the Ospreys answered with a 3-0 run, capped by a Pantovic kill, to push the lead to 20-13. Both teams would trade points until a 5-0 run by Dolphins, capped by a kill by Yeager, cut the margin to 24-19. The Ospreys would even the match, 2-2, with a kill by Read.

In the deciding set, UNF jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but JU would answer back with a 2-0 run to even the match. Both teams would go through three more ties until three straight service aces by Kane gave JU an 8-5 advantage. Both teams would trade points until a solo block by Kent increased the margin to 10-6. UNF answered with a 4-0 run to even the contest and both teams would trade a point until a double-hit and a bad set by Catelano gave JU a 13-11 lead. The Ospreys would answer with a 3-0 run to take a 14-13 lead on an ace by Dawidowicz but a block assist by Kent and Yeager evened the set once again (14-14). JU would get a pair of kills by Yeager to end the set and seal the match.

JU will return to Friday at 6 p.m. as the Dolphins travel to Stetson.