Volleyball makes it two in a row with 3-2 win over UCF
Junior outside hitter Kathryn Kane finished with 15 kills and 13 digs while the Dolphin defense racked up 14 blocks to lead the JU volleyball team to a 3-2 win over host UCF (16-25, 26-24, 25-18, 15-25, 17-15), Saturday afternoon in the Courtyard at Marriott/UCF Classic at The Venue at UCF.

JU (4-6), which finished as the runner-up in the weekend event, won back-to-back matches for the first time this season despite hitting a match-low .209 and registering a match-high 10 service errors.

UCF (7-2) hit .254 in the contest and racked up a match-high 81 digs but could not erase a 2-1 deficit to the Dolphins.

“I’m really excited about how we finished our last two matches,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “We have been preaching patience with our team and now that we have had some success, we can grow from here.”

Along with Kane, senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager tallied 13 kills and seven blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Alison Loeppky added nine kills while freshman middle blocker Kylie Jacob registered a season-high nine blocks. Junior libero Ashley August tallied a career-high 26 digs while freshman setter Kendall Courtney paced the offense with 41 assists and eight digs. Both Courtney and Kane were each named to the all-tournament team.

Kristin Fisher led the Knights with a match-high 23 kills and 13 digs while Nichole Riedel (12 kills), Evija Vilde (12 kills), Sara Rex (11 kills) and Brittanie Wallace (10 kills) each finished with double-digit kills. Meredith Murphy and Rachel Vukson each led the defense with 16 digs while Dani Harrison added 15 digs.

In the first set, UCF jumped out to an early 6-1 lead after an attack error by the Dolphins but JU would rally to tie the score (7-7) after an attack error by Angelica Crump. The Knights would use a 7-2 run to open up a 14-9 advantage and then increase the margin to 21-10 with a 7-1 run. JU would get no closer as UCF took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second frame, both teams went through four ties in the early going until UCF opened up a 14-11 lead on an ace by Fisher. JU would eventually battle back to tie the score (20-20) after ball handling error by Rachel Vukson. Both teams would battle through four more ties until kills by Kane and Courtney evened the match heading into the break.

In the third set, both teams went through seven ties until JU used an 8-2 run to open up a 20-14 advantage on a block by Yeager and Loeppky. The Dolphins would cruise the rest of the way to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth frame, the Knights jumped out to an 11-4 lead on a kill by Riedel and then increased the margin to 20-11 on a kill by Fisher. The Knights would cruise the rest of the way to even the match and force a final set.

In the final set, JU took an early 3-1 lead after an attack error by Rex but the Knights would even the score (3-3) with a kill by Fisher. Both teams would battle through 10 more ties, with no one leading by more than two points, until JU got another-back-to-back kill action from Kane and Courtney to end the match.

The Dolphins will next compete in the Hilton Garden Inn Tournament in Tampa, Fla. beginning with on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The match can be followed through GameTracker and video streaming by logging onto