Volleyball comes up short in 3-2 loss to ETSU
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Senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager tallied a match-high 15 kills in a see-saw affair but this time the Dolphins came up on the wrong end of the box score as the JU volleyball team fell to ETSU, 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-23, 12-15), Friday evening at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (10-11, 2-3), which has not low three straight matches, could not find consistency offensively but managed to scrap its way to a five-set contest.

ETSU (17-6, 3-1) handed the Dolphins their first loss at home in 2010 by tallying a match-high 12 blocks and forcing JU into a match-low .096 hitting percentage.

“We improved on our passing from last weekend but we didn’t pass well in the final set,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “You are not going to win any matches when you have 35 hitting errors like we did tonight. This team is capable of a lot more and now its gut check time as we go forward.”

Along with Yeager, junior outside hitter Kathryn Kane (13 kills, 11 digs) and freshman setter Kendall Courtney (43 assists, 15 digs) each registered double-doubles. Senior outside hitter Brittany Lehman added seven kills and 12 digs while sophomore middle blocker Allison Loeppky chipped in with eight kills and three blocks. Junior libero Ashley August led the defense with a match-high 18 digs.

Lauren Baufield (14 kills, 17 digs), Megan Devine (14 kills, 14 digs) and Whitney Cogburn (41 assists, 10 digs, six blocks) each paced the Lady Bucs. Alysa Long added 10 kills and seven blocks while Kiley Tamblyn added 12 digs.

In the first set, both teams went through four ties until the Lady Bucs used a 4-1 run to take an 11-8 advantage. ETSU would use a 4-0 run, capped by a kill by Alyssa Long, to increase the margin to 16-10 but JU would rally to even the score (20-20) with an ace by junior outside Kathryn Kane. ETSU would answer with a 5-0 run, fueled by three Dolphin errors, to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, both teams went through six ties until JU used a 5-2 run to open up a 14-11 advantage. The Dolphins increased the margin to 16-12 with an ace by Courtney before taking a 19-14 lead on a kill by freshman middle blocker Kylie Jacob. Both teams would trade points the rest of the way until a kill by Loeppky evened the match, 1-1, heading into the break.

In the third frame, JU jumped out to a 9-3 lead on a kill by Kane but the Lady Bucs answered with a 13-2 run to take a 16-11 advantage. ETSU would cruise the rest of the way to take a 2-1 advantage in the match.

In the fourth set, JU took an early 10-6 lead on a block by Jacob and Lehman but the Lady Bucs answered with an 8-1 run to take a 14-11 advantage. JU would cut the deficit to one point on six occasions before finally evening the score (21-21) on a kill by Yeager. After each team traded a point, JU used a 3-1 run to end the set and even the match (2-2).

In the final frame, ETSU jumped out to a 4-1 lead on an ace by Erin Ryan before taking an 8-4 lead at the turn with a kill by Baufield. JU would rally to even the score (11-11) after an attack error by Devine but ETSU would end the set with a 4-1 run to take the match.

The Dolphins will continue A-Sun play at home against USC Upstate on Saturday at 3 p.m. The contest can be followed on ASun.TV by logging onto