Volleyball gets back to winning ways with 3-1 win over Campbell
Sophomore outside hitter Kathryn Kane
Sophomore outside hitter Kathryn Kane
The Dolphins got back in the win column as sophomore outside hitter Kathryn Kane and junior libero Shelley Waroth each had career days to lead the JU volleyball team over Campbell, 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-17), Friday evening at Gore Arena.

JU (17-7, 13-4) kept its hold of the No. 2 seed in the A-Sun Tournament after rallying from a 1-0 deficit in the match. The Dolphins hit a match-high .197 but fell below .200 in three consecutive matches for the second time this season (Sept. 11-16).

CU (16-12, 9-8) took an early lead in the contest but finished with a match-low .074 in the match and could not overcome a match-high 11 blocks by the Dolphins.

“We need to start getting ourselves ready for the tournament in two weeks,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “Offensively, I’d like to see us get more consistent but our defense did a great job tonight. It was good to get a win and now we need to continue to get better.”

Walroth, who finished with a match-high 40 digs in the contest, moved into the top 10 all-time NCAA digs list with 2,350. Her 40 dig total in four sets against the Camels broke her previous JU record of 35 against Gardner-Webb on Nov. 16, 2007.

Kane notched her fourth double-double of the year with a career-high 20 kills and 17 digs while also tallying three aces. Senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton registered her team leading 10th double-double with 11 kills and 13 digs to go with three blocks. Freshman middle hitter Alison Loeppky added eight kills, four blocks and a .421 (8-0-19) hitting percentage. Sophomore defensive specialist Ashley August finished with a match-high four service aces and senior middle blocker Nicki Kent added a match-high five blocks.

Emily Werner led the Camels with 16 kills and 22 digs while Allyson Goldbach added 12 kills and 16 digs. Ashley Weers finished with 10 kills while Caitlin Bendy notched a team-high four blocks. Hope Leatigaga added 40 assists and 16 digs while Sarah Hill chipped in with 16 digs.

In the first set, CU jumped out to a 5-2 leadon a kill by Jordan Reaves but JU evened the contest (6-6) with a kill by Loeppky. Both teams would go through two more ties until a 2-0 run by the Dolphins, capped by an ace by Kane, gave JU a 10-8 advantage. JU increased the lead to 12-9 with a kill by Singleton before using a 4-0 run to make it 16-11 after another kill by Singleton. The Dolphins increased the margin to 18-12 with a kill by Kane but the Camels slowly chipped away at the lead and would pull to within 22-20 after an error by the Dolphins. After a kill by Kane made it 23-20, the Camels ended the frame with a 5-0 run to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second frame, JU took an early 4-1 lead on a kill by Kent but the Camels would even the set (5-5) on a block by Weers. The Dolphins answered with a 3-0 run, capped by a kill by Kane, to make it 8-5 and then increased the margin to 11-6 with a kill by Loeppky. After a block by junior outside hitter Aidan Yeager and Kent made it 14-8, the Camels answered with a 7-1 run to cut the margin to 16-15. The Dolphins would answer right back with a 6-1 run, capped by an attack error by Goldbach, to make it 22-16. Both teams would trade points the rest of the way until a kill by Kent evened up the match, 1-1.

In the third set, both teams went through two ties until CU used a 4-0 run to make it 6-2 on a kill by Bendy. The Camels increased the lead to 10-5 with a service error by the Dolphins and then made it 13-7 with a kill by Bendy. CU increased the margin to 17-10 with a block by Werner and both teams would trade points (19-13) until a monumental 12-2 run by the Dolphins, fueled by nine attack errors by the Camels, gave JU a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth frame, JU continued its momentum with a 4-0 lead on an ace by junior setter Hannah Munneke. The Dolphins kept the lead at four (8-4) with a block by Kane but the Camels used a 6-2 run, capped by an attack error by the Dolphins, to even the contest at 10-10. JU answered with a 4-0 run, capped by a kill by August, to take a 14-10 advantage. Both teams would trade points until JU increased the lead to 18-13 with a kill by Kane. CU cut the margin to 18-16 after an attack error by the Dolphins but JU answered with a 4-0 run to make it 22-16. After a kill by Weeks to make it 22-17, the Dolphins ended the set with a 3-0 run to seal the match.

JU will complete the road portion of its schedule with ETSU on Saturday at 4 p.m.