Volleyball topples Stetson, 3-0, to end week

Oct. 20, 2007

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DELAND, Fla. - Junior outside hitter Sara Bendorf tallied a double-double for the second consecutive day to lead the JU volleyball team to a win over Stetson, 3-0 (30-19, 30-22, 30-26), Saturday evening in A-Sun action.

JU (14-11, 7-2) made it a 2-1 week after four Dolphins tallied double figure kills and hit over .250 from the floor. Stetson (7-14, 2-6) had only one player in double figures offensively while the Hatters were out hit .271-.120 by JU.

"It was a long week for us but we came away with a pair of wins and won the match that counted the most," said Kupferberg. "We did a good job of staying focused despite playing three road matches in three days. We have to continue to play well in these next few weeks as the conference schedule winds down."

Bendorf, who now has a team leading 10 double-doubles, tallied 11 kills, 16 digs and five blocks. Yeager finished with a match-high 14 kills and hit a season-best .519 (14-0-27) from the floor.

Senior middle blocker Melissa Merchant recorded 11 kills, eight blocks and a .450 (11-2-20) hitting percentage while freshman outside hitter Brittany Lehman rounded out the JU offense with 12 kills. Sophomore libero Michelle Walroth racked up a match-high 25 digs to lead the defense.

Beth Slabaugh tallied 13 kills and 10 digs to lead the Hatters while Karla Readshaw finished with 24 assists and 12 digs. Melanie Boyer also added 12 digs to round out the Stetson defense.

In game one, JU fell behind 3-1 early before using a 10-3 run to lead 11-6 on a kill by Lehman. The Hatter cut the margin to 11-8 with a kill by Readshaw but the Dolphins answered with a 4-0 run and never looked back as JU never lead by less than five points (15-10) for the remainder of the game.

In the second frame, the Hatters took an early lead again, this time 5-2, but the Dolphins answered with an 11-1 run take a 12-6 advantage on an attack error by Stephanie Canfield. Stetson cut the deficit to 13-11 on a kill by Rachel Miller but JU pushed the lead to 19-13 on an attack error by Laura Boyd. The Hatters would cut the margin to four (21-17) but would cruise to a 2-0 lead.

In the final frame, both teams battled throughout the game with 15 ties and seven lead changes before JU ended the match with a 5-1 run to break the final tie of the frame (25-25).

The Dolphins will return to the friendly confines of Swisher Gymnasium to host cross-town rival North Florida on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The contest, which is an A-Sun match and counts towards the Sun Trust River City Rumble, can be seen on ASun.TV on www.judolphins com.