Volleyball makes quick work of Kennesaw State, 3-0, on Senior Night
Senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton
Senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton
A trio of seniors were recognized prior to the match for Senior Night and each one of them delivered in front of their family and friends as the JU volleyball team handled Kennesaw State, 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-9), Friday evening at Swisher Gym.

JU (18-8, 14-5) is now one win away of securing the No. 2 seed in the A-Sun Tournament after hitting a match-high .229 while tallying a match-high 13 aces and nine blocks. The offensive output for the Dolphins snapped a season-high four match streak in which the squad hit below .200.

KSU (16-11, 10-9) fell to 0-6 all time against JU after hitting a match-low .034, including an output of -.032 in the third set.

“Our goal is to always improve each week and this was a big improvement over our last four matches,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “I was really happy to see our seniors continue to step up for us but this time in front of their families. Now we need to get some much needed rest and be ready for a very hot Mercer squad.”

Senior libero Shelley Walroth, who finished with a match-high 21 digs in the contest, moved into eighth place all-time on the NCAA digs list with 2,399 and is 56 shy of moving into the top five.

Senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton had a career night with a personal best 19 digs and seven aces while racking up eight kills. Senior middle blocker Nicki Kent added a match-high seven blocks for the fifth time this season while sophomore outside hitter Kathryn Kane added a match-high 17 kills to go with nine digs and two blocks.

Asjia Stokes led the Owls with nine kills while Ginny Frederick and Callie Churchwell each tallied five blocks. Sabrita Gulley led the defense with 18 digs.

In the first set, JU jumped out to a commanding 11-0 lead with a kill by Kane but KSU would cut the deficit to 16-9 with a kill by Chelsea Denesha. The Owls would used a 4-2 run to cut the margin to 18-13 with a kill by Churchwell but JU would and the set with a 7-2 run, capped by a kill by junior middle blocker Brittany Lehman, to take a 1-0 lead.

In the second frame, the Owls took an early 4-0 lead but JU would answer with a 12-0 run to take a 12-4 lead on an ace by Singleton. The Owls would answer with an 8-1 run, capped by a kill by Stokes, to cut the margin to 13-12. JU would hold off two more rallies by the Owls to cut the margin to one (the last coming at 17-16) until a 2-0 run gave the Dolphins some breathing room at 19-16. After a kill by Gulley, JU would end the frame on a 6-0 run, fueled by three consecutive errors by the Owls, to take a 2-0 lead into the break.

In the third set, JU jumped out to a 5-1 lead on a kill by Kane and then used a 6-1 run to open up an 11-2 advantage on another kill by Kane. The Owls answered with a 3-0 run to cut the margin to 11-5 with a kill by Gulley but JU would catch fire and outscore KSU 14-4 the remainder of the way to seal the match.

JU will host its regular season finale against Mercer on Saturday at 5 p.m.