Volleyball falls to No. 8 Washington, 3-0

Sept. 14, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior outside hitter Sara Bendorf led the Dolphins with a team-high 11 kills and a .233 hitting percentage as the JU volleyball team fell to No. 8 Washington, 3-0 (20-30, 17-30, 21-30), Friday evening at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (4-8) finished with a match-high seven team blocks and played within two points of the lead in games one and three at the 20-point mark. UW (10-0) hit a match-high .339 (56-15-121) from the floor and continued its streak of losing only one game (Long Beach State) in 2007.

"We hung with them within the first 20 points of each game," said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. "We just have to learn to play through our mistakes and work on being consistent when things get tough.

"It's always a great experience to compete against one of the top teams in the nation and now we are looking forward to playing New Orleans tomorrow. This will be our final test before we open conference play next week."

Along with Bendorf, freshman outside hitter Abby Gruenbacher added five blocks, five digs and three kills. Sophomore libero Michelle Walroth added a match-high 14 digs while freshman outside hitter Aidan Yeager chipped in with six kills.

Stevie Mussie led the Huskies with a match-high 14 kills and 13 digs for the only double-double of the evening. Christal Morrison (13 kills) and Jessica Swarbrick (10 kills) also paced the offense while Becky Perry racked up 12 kills and a match-high .500 (12-3-18) hitting percentage.

In game one, UW took an early 9-4 lead on an ace by Mussie before JU used a 7-3 run to cut the deficit to 12-11 on an ace by freshman setter Hannah Munneke. The Huskies pushed the advantage back to three points (17-14) but the Dolphins used a 5-1 run to take a 19-18 lead after an ace by Gruenbacher. UW wasted no time by answering with a 12-1 run to end the game and quiet the Dolphin crowd.

In the second frame, UW jumped out to a 7-3 lead on an attacking error by the Dolphins and then pushed the advantage to 14-7 on a kill by Perry. JU cut the margin to 15-11 on an attacking error by Morrison but the Huskies used another big run (9-3) to pull away as JU would get no closer than six points (19-13) the rest of the game.

In the final game, JU took an early 6-4 lead after a block by Gruenbacher and Munneke before UW used a 9-2 run to take a 13-8 advantage. JU cut the margin to 16-15 on a block by Gruenbacher and junior outside hitter Kesley Clark but the Huskies used their final big run of the night (15-6) to end the match.

JU will next play New Orleans on Saturday at 5 p.m. to complete its homestand at Swisher Gymnasium.