WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007
Volleyball opens A-Sun Tournament play on Thursday night
Nov. 14, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
After defeating UNF to end the regular season, the JU volleyball team (17-12, 8-3) will enter the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament as the No. 3 seed in Macon, Ga.
The Dolphins will face No. 6 Gardner- Webb (14-17, 5-6) on Thursday at 5 p.m. to open first round action. JU defeated GWU, 3-1, on Oct. 6 in Boiling Springs, N.C. earlier this season.
Each of JU's matches in the A-Sun Tournament will be available through ASun.TV on www.judolphins.com.
A-Sun Championship set
Belmont (9-2) and East Tennessee State (9-2) hold the top two spots and a first round bye. JU  (8-3) enters as the No. 3 seed and will face No. 6 Gardner-Webb (5-6). No. 4 Lipscomb (7-4) will play against No. 5 Mercer (6-5). Florida Gulf Coast (10-1), who earned the regular season title, is not eligible for postseason play due to its jump to Division I.
All matches during the A-Sun Tournament will be available through ASun.TV. The winner of the conference tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Along with moving into third in the A-Sun rankings with 11.61 assists per game, she also leads all setters in service aces (34) and blocks (57).
Munneke is also knocking on the door of the single-season record for assists in a season. She currently sits at 1,218 and is 26 away from surpassing Erin Donivan (1,244) for the top spot.
Big up front
The Oakley, Calif. native moved up to 12th in the national rankings with an average of 1.57 blocks per game. In total blocks, she ranks in the top 10 nationally with 160.
In a different perspective of her dominance in the A-Sun, she is 35 blocks ahead of Mercer's Jen Darty (117). Merchant also re-established herself in the JU record book by claiming the match high block record with 15 at ETSU on Sept. 21.
In the career record book, she is second with 258 block assists and fifth with 293 total blocks. In comparison, Merchant has yet to complete her second season with the program and each other player has tallied at least three seasons worth of stats.
The back line of defense
She has also finished with 30 digs on four occasions this season, including a season-high 32 twice, and is on pace to break her own single season record.
Not only that, but Walroth joins fellow teammate Mellisa Merchant in the national rankings as she checks in at 27th. Her sister, Julie, is a senior libero at Evansville and is currently ranked fourth in the nation with an average of 6.33 digs per game.
Along with the single season record, Walroth is also on pace to destroy the Dolphin record book as she sits second in career digs (1,174) which is 150 behind Julie Heipp (1,324).
ASun.TV now available
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.
Among the remaining matches on the 2007 schedule is the A-Sun Tournament (11/15-11- 17).
Former Dolphin making news
In his second year with the program, he has led the Dolphins to a program-tying eight wins in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Dolphins have also reached the conference tournament in each season under his direction.
In his inaugural year at JU, Kupferberg went through growing pains with his new squad but eventually led JU to the A-Sun Tournament Finals for only the second time in program history.
His five-year record at Northwest was 91- 52, with only one losing season (his first) during that time frame. During his tenure, he led Northwest to its highest national ranking ever (10th) and to its first-ever regional championship match.