Volleyball sweeps Stetson, 3-0
Following the momentum of last night’s home opener, junior outside hitter Kathryn Kane tallied a double-double while the squad hit .330 to lead the JU volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-16) win over Stetson, Saturday afternoon in a non-conference contest at the Edmunds Center.

JU (8-8) kept the momentum going offensively with seven players hitting above. 300 in the contest while holding Stetson (1-14) to only a .131 hitting percentage.

“It was good to see us carry over our play from last night,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “We are continuing to grow as a team and we are building confidence with each match. Next week is going to be a challenge for us but we are ready to start conference play.”

Kane finished with 11 kills and 14 digs while notching a .357 (11-1-28) hitting percentage. Along with Kane, sophomore middle blocker Alison Loeppky finished with 11 kills and two blocks. Freshman setter Kendall Courtney paced the offense with 42 assists while junior libero Ashley August led the defense with 15 digs.

Ellen Hawks led the Hatters with eight kills and a .467 (8-1-15) hitting percentage while Monique Russell led the defense with 13 digs.

In the first set, JU jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a kill by freshman middle blocker Alyssa Robertson but the Hatters would answer back to tie the score (4-4) with an ace by Kaley Melville. The Dolphins would answer with a 10-4 run, capped by an attack error by Russell, to take a 14-8 advantage. SU would cut the margin to 23-19 with a kill by Kelli Carneal but JU would end the set with a kill by Loeppky and Kane to take a 1-0 lead.

In the second frame, JU took a 3-1 lead on a kill by senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager but the Hatters would cut the margin to 5-4 after a service ace by the Dolphins. JU would answer with an 11-2 run, capped by an ace by Kendall, to open up a 16-6 advantage. Both teams would trade points the rest of the way until a service error by Megan Stewart gave JU a 2-0 lead into the break.

In the third set, both teams went through six ties (the last coming at 12-12) until JU used a 13-4 run to end the set and seal the match.

The Dolphins will open A-Sun play next week at home beginning with FGCU on Friday at 7 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium. The contest can be followed on ASun.TV by logging onto