FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2007
Volleyball earns first win in 2007, 3-0, over The Citadel

Aug. 31, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Freshman outside hitter Aidan Yeager led the Dolphins with a team-high 12 kills and freshman setter Hannah Munneke dished out 42 assists to lead the JU volleyball team to their first win of the 2007 season with a 3-0 (30-15, 30-21, 30-17) win over The Citadel, Friday evening in the first day of The Loop Pizza Grill Invitational at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (1-4) attacked often and finished with a .355 hitting percentage for the game while The Citadel (1-1) finished with only a .042 percentage from the floor, including 19 errors.

"We had a solid match tonight and it was a good night to get our first win," said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. "Our defense became more consistent as the night progressed and our offense recovered in game three after we had a rough spot in game two. Aida had a good night and all of our young players got a lot of valuable playing experience."

Yeager, who led the Dolphins in kills for the second time this season, finished with a .348 hitting percentage in the contest. Munneke had her double-double streak snapped at four matches after finishing with eight digs.

Freshman outside hitter Brittany Lehman had 11 kills and six digs while junior outside hitter Sara Bendorf added 11 kills, seven digs and five aces. Senior middle hitter Melissa Merchant also added nine kills, three blocks and a match-high .615 hitting percentage (9-1-13).

Jessica Maas led the Bulldogs with seven kills while hitting .500 from the floor (7-1-12). Tatum Jestila led the defense with 10 digs while Emily Hill dished out 17 assists.

In game one, JU jumped out to an early 4-0 lead but The Citadel used a 5-1 to cut the deficit to 5-4. The Dolphins used a 10-3 run to take a 15-7 advantage after a service ace by freshman Abby Gruenbacher. JU added another 5-0 to put the game out of reach and finish with a .400 hitting percentage (16-3-32).

In the second game, neither team led by more than two points until a kill by Yeager gave the Dolphins an 11-8 advantage. The Bulldogs answered with a 4-0 run to take a 12-11 lead but the Dolphins answered with an 8-2 run to open up a 19-14 advantage. The Bulldogs would get no closer than three points (20-17) until the Dolphins finished the game on a 10-4 run.

In the final game, the Dolphins jumped out to a 5-0 lead and quickly increased the margin to 10-3 after a service ace by junior Nicki Kent. A steady pace of 3-0 runs pushed the advantage to 21-10 after a kill by senior outside hitter Katie Hendrian. Both team played evenly for the remainder of the game as JU finished with a match-high .450 hitting percentage (17-1-35).

JU will next play Presbyterian at noon before ending The Loop Pizza Grill Invitational with a 7 p.m. contest against Providence at Swisher Gymnasium. Providence and The Citadel will open the final day at 10 a.m. while Presbyterian and The Citadel fill in the space between Dolphin matches at 5 p.m.

Presbyterian defeated Providence, 3-1 (30-24, 30-20, 21-30, 30-27), to open the tournament.