Volleyball blanks USC Upstate to continue winning streak
Freshman outside hitter Alliya Drzewiecki.
Freshman outside hitter Alliya Drzewiecki.
Senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton and junior setter Hannah Munneke each tallied a double-double as the JU volleyball team shut out USC Upstate, 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-16), Saturday afternoon at the Hodge Center.

JU (16-5, 12-2) increased its longest winning streak under head coach Shaun Kupferberg and its longest winning streak since joining the A-Sun in 1998 to 13 matches. The Dolphins hit a match-high .357 in the contest, including hitting over .300 in all three sets.

USCU (6-18, 3-11), which hit a match-low .071 in the contest, dropped its second 3-0 match to JU this season and has now lost eight consecutive matches to the Dolphins.

“This was a great finish to our road trip,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “Our offense was sharp today which was nice to see considering we only had one match this week. Now we need to continue to get healthy as we prepare for two very important home matches next week.”

Walroth, who finished with 13 digs in the contest, moved into 15th place on the all-time NCAA digs list with 2,280.

Singleton notched her team leading eighth double-double finished with a match-high 17 kills and 13 digs. Munneke paced the offense with 40 assists while also adding a match-high 14 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Kathryn Kane added a match-high 17 kills and a.381 (17-1-42) hitting percentage. Freshman outside hitter Alliya Drzewiecki notched 11 kills and a season-high .500 (11-2-18) hitting percentage. Senior middle blocker Nicki Kent also chipped in with seven kills and a .353 (7-1-17) hitting percentage.

The Dolphins were without freshman middle blocker Alison Loeppky due to a finger injury and junior outside hitter Brittany Lehman continues to be limited by an abdominal strain.

Erin Jacobsen led the Spartans with seven kills, a .294 (7-2-17) hitting percentage and three blocks. Emily Sanders had 11 assists and 10 digs while Meagan Healey also led the defense with 10 digs.

In the first set, JU jumped out to a 4-1 lead on an ace by Lehman and then increased the margin to 6-2 with a block by Kent and Kane. After a service error, the Dolphins used a 5-1 run, capped by a kill by Singleton to make it 11-4. After both teams traded points, JU used a 6-0, capped by a kill by Kane, to increase the margin to 21-10. Both teams would trade points again until JU took a 1-0 lead in the match after a kill by Kane.

In the second frame, both teams went through two ties until JU used a 3-0 run to take a 5-2 lead after an attack error by Morgan Thomas. The Spartans answered with a 2-0 run to cut the lead to 5-4 but JU answered with a 4-0 run, fueled by three consecutive kills by Kane, to make it 9-4. After both teams traded points, the Dolphins increased the lead to 14-8 with another kill by Kane. The Dolphins increased the margin to 18-11 after an attacking error by Morgan Buccifero. The Spartans cut the deficit to 19-16 with a 5-1 run but JU ended the set with a 6-2 run, fueled by four Singleton kills, to take a 2-0 lead into the break.

In the third set, both teams went through six ties until JU used an 11-1 run to take a 21-11 advantage on an ace by Lehman. Both teams would trade points the rest of the way until a kill by Singleton sealed the match for JU.

JU will return action on Friday at 7 p.m. as the Dolphins host first-place Lipscomb at Swisher Gymnasium.