Volleyball hosts three home contests this weekend

Sept. 12, 2007


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After going 1-2 at the Black & Gold Challenge, the JU volleyball team (3-7) will return to the friendly confines of Swisher Gymnasium for a three-game homestand beginning with Bethune-Cookman (1-3) on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Dolphins will then host No. 8 Washington on Friday at 7 p.m. before completing the weekend against New Orleans on Saturday at 5 p.m. The final two contests will be played as part of the JU/UNF Classic.

The Friday contest against No. 8 Washington will also be the first JU event to be aired live on ASun.TV through video streaming on

ASun.TV airs this week
The JU Dolphins will make their debut on ASun.TV this Friday against No. 8 Washington at 7 p.m. To sign up to view the contest, or any other packages offered, log onto

ASun.TV events will be available for viewing both live and via on-demand replay to fans throughout the country that purchase a Single Event Pass ($5.99 per event), a monthly All-Event Pass ($9.99 per month), or an annual All-Event pass ($69.99 per year). Both the annual and monthly All- Event Passes allow unlimited access to games within their respective timeframes.

The green wall
Senior middle blocker Melissa Merchant was a force for the Dolphins on both the offense end and at the net on defense as she was named to the Black & Gold All-Tournament Team over the weekend.

Merchant, who led the squad in kills in a win over Radford, led the Dolphins with 31 kills, 2.82 kills per game, a .293 hitting percentage, 17 blocks and 1.55 blocks per game in the tournament. She also finished with double-digit kills and at least five blocks in two matches.

Getting defensive
The Dolphin defense has made its presence felt on the court and in the conference statistics.

JU leads the conference with 2.4 blocks per game, is tied for second with 17.03 digs per game and is third with a .189 opponent hitting percentage.

Individually, senior middle blocker Melissa Merchant (1.39 blocks per game) and sophomore libero Michelle Walroth (6.03 digs per game) lead the conference while freshman setter Hannah Munneke is third with 11.31 assists per game.

Junior transfer Kesley Clark will return to action this weekend after missing the first three weeks of the season with an ankle injury...JU's contest against No. 8 Washington will be the second ranked opponent the Dolphins have faced this season (Dayton - #23).