SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2009
Volleyball falls to Belmont, 3-1
Senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton
Senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton
The Dolphins got off to a hot start after a tough loss to Lipscomb last night but dropped three straight sets as the JU volleyball team fell to Belmont, 3-1 (25-17, 28-30, 20-25, 15-25), Saturday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (16-7, 12-4) fell to the Nashville schools for the second time this season as the Dolphins hit a match-low .158. The Dolphins have now hit below .200 in consecutive matches for the first time since mid-September.

BU (14-13, 10-7) turned the tide with a 30-28 win in the second set and caught fire in the final two frames (.410, .500) while tallying a match-high 14 blocks.

“We started out great but we lost focus,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “We have two more weeks to straighten things out and try to head into the tournament playing well. This was definitely a disappointing weekend for us.”

Walroth, who finished with a match-high 16 digs in the contest, moved into 11th place on the all-time NCAA digs list with 2,310.

Junior outside hitter Brittany Lehman led the Dolphins with 13 kills while senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton notched her team leading 10th double-double with 13 digs and 12 kills. Junior outside hitter Aidan Yeager tallied 10 kills and five blocks.

Kayla Albritton registered a match-high 16 kills and a.375 hitting percentage while tallying seven blocks and six digs. Maggie Johnson added 13 kills and nine digs while Jenny Gray chipped in with 10 digs. Tara Blood finished with nine kills and a match-high nine blocks.

In the first set, JU jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a kill by Yeager and then used a 6-1 run to push the advantage to 12-1 on a kill by Lehman. BU answered with a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to 12-6 on an ace by Megan Clements before an ace by Albritton cut the margin to 13-8. JU answered with a 5-2 run, capped by an ace by Munneke, to push the advantage to 18-10. After a kill by Blood, the Dolphins used a 4-0 run, capped by a block assist by Yeager and Kent, to make it 22-11. The Bruins cut the margin to 23-16 on an ace by Clements but a service error by Clements and a kill by Singleton gave JU a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second frame, both teams went through two ties until BU used a 3-0 run to open up a 5-2 advantage on a block assist by Albritton and Blood. JU battled back to tie the contest, 7-7, after an attack error by Lexi Adams and both teams would trade points. The Bruins used a 4-0 run, capped by a kill by Johnson, to take a 13-9 lead but the Dolphins answered with a 6-2 run to tie the contest again (15-15) with a kill by Lehman. Both teams would go through 11 more ties until a kill by Johnson and a block assist by Blood and Johnson evened up the match, 1-1, heading into the break.

In the third set, JU jumped out to a 4-1 lead on a kill by Yeager and then increased the lead to 9-3 with a kill by Lehman. Both teams would trade points for a long period of time until BU used a 5-0 run, capped by a kill by Jenny Gray, to take an 18-17 advantage. After a kill by Kane tied things up (18-18), both teams went through two more ties until a 5-0 run by the Bruins to end the set gave BU a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth frame, JU took a 4-2 lead with a kill by Kent but the Bruins evened the contest (5-5) after an attack error by the Dolphins. After going through one more tie, BU used a 4-0 run to take a 10-6 advantage on a kill by Channing Salava. After a kill by Singleton, the Bruins used a 6-1 run, capped by a kill by Albritton, to push the lead to 16-8. BU made it 21-12 with a block by Gray and the Bruins would end the set with a 3-0 run to seal the match.

JU will complete the road portion of its schedule beginning with Campbell on Friday at 6 p.m.