Volleyball blanks Campbell, 3-0, to reclaim its own destiny
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After losing five of their last six conference matches and needing a sweep to enhance their postseason chances, the Dolphins played their best game of the season as the JU volleyball team made quick work of Campbell, 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-20), Friday evening in the home finale at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (14-14, 4-5), which now holds its own destiny with one conference match remaining, tallied its second highest hitting percentage of the season (.385) while registering match highs in digs (42), blocks (6) and aces (5).

CU (10-15, 4-5) hit above .200 in only one set (.435 - second) but could not stop a Dolphin squad that hit a match .621 in the same frame.

“We control our own destiny again,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “This week we finally showed a sense of urgency and followed through with the game plan. Our defense picked itself off the mat and was great tonight.”

Senior outside hitter Aidan Yeager led the Dolphins with a match-high 14 kills while hitting .400 (14-4-25). Sophomore outside hitter Alliya Drzewiecki added 10 kills and two blocks while sophomore middle blocker Alison Loeppky chipped in with nine kills, a blistering .643 (9-0-14) hitting percentage and three blocks.

Senior outside hitter Brittany Lehman chipped in with a match-high 14 digs, a match-high three aces and eight kills. Junior libero Ashley August also added 13 digs while freshman middle blocker Alyssa Robertson finished with seven kills, two aces and three blocks. Freshman setter Kendall Courtney paced the offense with 44 assists while adding four digs and four kills.

Allyson Goldbach led the Camels with 10 kills and five digs and a .320 (10-2-25) hitting percentage while Caitlin Bendy led the defense with two blocks.

In the first set, JU jumped out to a 10-3 lead on a block by Loeppky and Drzewiecki but the Camels would cut the deficit to 14-9 with a kill by Jordan Reaves. JU would use a 5-1 run to open up a 19-10 advantage on an ace by Robertson but Campbell would used a 3-0 run to cut the margin to 19-13 on a kill by Reeves. After the Dolphins rattled off a 3-0 run to make it 22-13, both teams would trade points until a kill by Courtney gave JU a 1-0 lead.

In the second set, both teams went through six ties until the Dolphins used a 4-1 run, capped by an ace by Robertson, to take a 16-13 advantage. JU increased the margin to 18-14 with a kill by Drzewiecki but the Camels cut the deficit to 22-21 with a kill by Emily Werner. Both teams would trade points until JU got a block by Loepkky and Yeager and a kill by Courtney to take a 2-0 lead heading into the break.

In the third frame, JU took an early 4-2 lead on a kill by Drzewiecki but the Camels evened the score (5-5) with a block by Bendy and Werner. Both teams would go through seven more ties until JU used a 3-0 run, capped by a kill by Loeppky, to take an 18-15 lead. CU would cut the margin to 19-18 after an attack error by the Dolphins but JU would answer with a 4-0 run to open up a 23-18 advantage on a kill by Yeager. After each team traded a points, JU got a kill by Yeager to seal the match.

The Dolphins will end its non-conference schedule on Saturday at 6 p.m. Tallahassee, Fla. against Florida A&M.