Volleyball sweeps Bethune-Cookman, 3-0
Senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager finished with 11 kills, a .421 hitting percentage (11-3-19) and four aces to lead the JU volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-23) win over Bethune-Cookman, Tuesday evening at Moore Gymnasium.

JU (6-8) snapped a two match losing streak by hitting .220 and holding off several rallies by B-CU (4-13), which finished with a match-high eight blocks.

“This was a good chance for us to see a few different looks on the court,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “Now we are looking forward to being home for this first time this season after a lot of traveling.”

Along with Yeager, junior outside hitter Kathryn Kane added eight kills and eight digs while freshman middle blocker Alyssa Robertson and sophomore outside hitter Alliya Drzewiecki each added five kills. Freshman setter Courtney Kendall paced the offense with 34 assists while junior libero Ashley August added eight digs.

Jessica Wilson led the Wildcats with eight kills while Krysta Gardner and Sydney Smith each led the defense with four blocks apiece.

In the first set, JU jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on a bad set by Alexis Bliese and then increased the lead to 8-3 with a kill by Yeager. The Dolphins made it 13-6 with a kill by Kane and then used a 5-3 run to make it 18-9 with another Kane kill. JU made it 20-10 with an ace by Kane but the Wildcats used an 11-2 run to cut the deficit to 22-21 with an ace by Jessica Wilson. The Dolphins would end the set with a 3-0 run to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second frame, B-CU took an early 8-2 lead on an attack error by the Dolphins but JU would used a 6-0 run to even the score (8-8). The teams would go through three more ties until JU used a 5-2 run, capped by a kill by Loeppky, to take an 18-15 advantage. The Wildcats would rally to tie the score again (18-18) after an attack error by the Dolphins but JU answered with a4-1 run to take a 22-19 lead. Both teams would trade points the rest of the way until an attack error by Sydney Smith gave JU a 2-0 lead heading into the break.

In the third set, both teams went through 12 ties until JU got back-to-back kills by Drzewiecki to seal the match.

The Dolphins will host their home opener at Swisher Gymnasium against Florida A&M on Friday at 7 p.m. The contest can be viewed through ASun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com.