Volleyball falls to Kennesaw State, 3-1
Senior outside hitter Brittany Lehman tallied a match-high 15 kills but the Dolphins got a rude awakening in their first match in Georgia as the JU volleyball team fell to Kennesaw State, 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 22-25, 21-25), Friday evening at the KSU Convocation Center.

JU (10-9, 2-1), which had its five match winning snapped, won the first set of the match and tallied a match-high nine blocks and 63 digs but could not overcome 12 service aces.

KSU (9-9, 2-1), which defeated the Dolphins for the first time in program history, finished with a match-high .260 hitting percentage (including over .300 in two of the final three sets) while four Owls tallied at least 10 kills.

“We knew coming in that Kennesaw was going to be a tough match for us,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “We started out well but they got some momentum going and their crowd got involved in the match. It’s a tough loss but we need to be ready for another tough opponent in Mercer.”

Along with Lehman, senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager registered 13 kills and a team-high .370 (13-3-37) hitting percentage while freshman middle blocker Alyssa Robertson added nine kills and a match-high seven blocks. Freshman setter Kendall Courtney paced the offense with 41 kills while adding seven blocks and four kills. Junior outside hitter Kathryn Kane chipped in with 18 digs while junior libero Ashley August led the defense with a match-high 23 digs.

Sabrita Gulley led the Owls with 14 kills while Alyssa Lang tallied a double-double (13 kills, 13 digs). Baylee Strachan added 10 kills and a match-high .471 (10-12-17) hitting percentage while Sara Metroka registered 46 assists and nine digs. Camile Pedraza (14 digs) and Turea Jones (13 digs) also led the defense.

In the first set, both teams went through four ties until the Dolphins used a 4-0 run to take a 15-11 lead on a kill by Yeager. JU increased the margin to 18-12 with a block by Robertson and Yeager but the Owls would claw back to within two (23-21) with a kill by Sabrita Gulley but the Dolphins would get a kill by Kane and Lehman to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the Owls jumped out to a 5-1 lead after an attack error by the Dolphins before increasing the margin to 11-4 with a kill by Gulley. The Owls made it 14-5 after another attack error by JU but the Dolphins would cut the deficit to 19-15 with a kill by August. Each team would trade points the rest of the way until the Owls got a service error by the Dolphins to even the match, 1-1, heading into the break.

In the third set, both teams battled through nine ties (the last coming at 21-21) until the Owls used a 4-1 run to end the set and take a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the final, both team went through seven ties (the last coming at 18-18) until the Owls used a 7-3 run to end the set and seal the match.

The Dolphins will continue A-Sun play in Georgia against Mercer on Saturday at 3 p.m. The match can be followed through Livestats or A-Sun.TV by logging onto