SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 04, 2011
Volleyball downs Florida A&M, 3-1
Freshman Cari Whitmire tallied eights digs and an ace to earn the team's MVP of the contest. Photo courtesy of FAMU Athletics
Freshman Cari Whitmire tallied eights digs and an ace to earn the team's MVP of the contest. Photo courtesy of FAMU Athletics
The JU volleyball team earned its fourth win in the last five matches after defeating Florida A&M, 3-1(25-21, 25-19, 15-25, 25-18), on Sunday.

Junior Alison Loeppky paced the Dolphins (5-4) to their third straight win with 14 kills, while sophomore Taylor Nyquist added 12 kills and seven digs. Senior Ashley August tallied a team-high 15 digs and freshman Cari Whitmire was voted the team’s MVP of the contest after recording eight digs and an ace.

“This was a good end to a long week for us,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “Our team did a good job of sustaining the momentum we built in Gainesville into today’s win. We are excited to finally play at home next weekend and look forward to continuing to get better as we had to A-Sun play.”

Despite the loss, the Lady Rattlers (0-4) finished with 52 kills – led by Katherine Huanec’s 15. Maria Ceccarelli (14) and Marija Jovanovic (10) each tallied double-digit kills, while Diana Gonzales recorded 49 assists.

With Whitmire serving in the first set, the Dolphins took an 18-14 lead on consecutive attack errors. Florida A&M tied it at 20-20 on a Ceccarelli kill to finish a 6-2 run, but senior Alliya Drzewiecki recorded the next kill to break it up. JU tallied four of the next five points, capped on a Drezwiecki kill to take the set.

In the second set, a Huanec kill capped a small Florida A&M run for 16-14. After a timeout, the Dolphins took over with 11-3 stretch to win the set. Whitmire helped sustain the run by serving on the final eight points.

In the third set, the Dolphins tied the match at 8-8 on a kill by Nyquist, but surrendered the next four points to Florida A&M. The Lady Rattlers built a 16-11 lead on a Ceccarelli kill. Florida A&M closed the set with a 9-4 run to get on the board.

In the fourth set, a kill by Nyquist gave JU a 14-9 advantage. The Lady Rattlers picked up the next point and closed the deficit to 16-14 on a kill from Ceccarelli. It would be the closet Florida A&M got the rest of the way as JU closed the set on a 9-4 run, capped on a Nyquist kill, to secure the win.

The Dolphins will begin a three-match home stand at Swisher Gymnasium with Presbyterian on Friday at 7 p.m.