Volleyball sweeps FAU to end Campus USA Credit Union Invitational
Senior Alliya Drzewiecki tallied seven kills in the JU win over former A-Sun foe Florida Atlantic
Senior Alliya Drzewiecki tallied seven kills in the JU win over former A-Sun foe Florida Atlantic
The JU volleyball team got the better of former A-Sun foe Florida Atlantic by securing a 3-0 victory (25-18, 25-13, 25-21) on Saturday afternoon at the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational.

The Dolphins (4-4) evened their record by hitting .283 (40-14-92) and limiting the Owls (0-3) to a .067 clip.

Sophomore Taylor Nyquist paced the Dolphins again with 14 kills, six digs, three blocks and an ace. Junior Alison Loeppky finished with eight kills, while junior Alliya Drzewiecki had seven kills. Senior Ashley August added 10 digs to help the defense.

“We have played really well over the last two days,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “I was worried about the challenge of these teams at the tourney, but our kids rose to the occasion. We have another tough opponent tomorrow before we head back home.”

The Owls got seven kills from Thacilli Pereira and Lauren Jones finished with 22 assists.

In the first set, consecutive kills by Nyquist capped an 8-2 JU run for a 16-10 lead. The Owls cut the deficit to 20-16 on a block by Chandler Hatton and Darija Sataric. The Dolphins wouldn’t let them get any closer by scoring five of the next seven points, capped on a kill from Loeppky, to take the set.

In the second set, the Dolphins climbed out to a 12-6 advantage from a Loeppky block and an FAU attack error. The Owls got a kill from Sataric to make it 15-10, but surrendered a 10-2 run to lose the set.

In the third set, JU took another early advantage, 12-5, on an FAU attack error. They extended the lead to 17-11 on a kill by Nyquist. The Owls earned the next point on a kill, but JU used a 7-3 stretch on a block from sophomore Kendall Courtney and Loeppky for a 24-14 lead. FAU rattled off the next five points with the help of two blocks and two attack errors. An ace by Pereira along with a block from Jones and Sara Stoll cut the Owls deficit to 24-21, but senior Kathryn Kane recorded a kill to secure the JU win.

The Dolphins cap off the long week tomorrow against Florida A&M in Tallahassee, Fla. at 3 p.m.