Volleyball falls to Presbyterian, 3-2
Senior Kathryn Kane had 10 kills in the loss for JU. Play Video
Senior Kathryn Kane had 10 kills in the loss for JU.
A resilient Presbyterian College squad took down the JU volleyball team in five sets (25-22, 21-25, 28-30, 25-19, 17-15) on Friday night in the home opener at Swisher Gymnasium.

The Blue Hose (1-5) got 29 kills and 10 digs from Presley Mabrey, while Allison Brown tallied 13 kills. Kelly Berryman added 10 kills and Mary Trimpe recorded 20 digs to help the cause.

“They just got the better of us tonight,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “We didn’t execute very well and Presbyterian took advantage of our mistakes. We need to execute better if we want to e win tomorrow.”

Sophomore Taylor Nyquist totaled 18 kills to pace the Dolphins’ (5-5) offense. Senior Kathryn Kane tallied 10 kills, while senior Ashley August registered 17 digs.

In the first set, the Blue Hose broke away with a 13-10 lead on an attack error. The Dolphins later tied it at 15-15 on an error and a kill from Nyquist. The score went back and forth several times with the Blue Hose tying it a 22-22 on a Nyquist attack error. Nyquist got the lead back with a kill, while a Presbyterian ball handling error gave JU the set.

In the second set, the Dolphins took a 10-6 advantage on an attack error from Mabrey. Nyquist extended the lead to 13-11 on a kill from an assist by sophomore Kendall Courtney. Later in the set, a kill by Brown capped a 7-3 Blue Hose run for a 22-18 lead. The Dolphins cut the deficit to 23-21 on a ball handling error, but the Blue Hose took the next two points for the set.

In the third set, the Dolphins raced out to a 7-3 lead on Nyquist kill. The Blue Hose kept it close before and 8-4 stretch gave them a 22-20 advantage on a kill by Mabrey. Presbyterian got set point (24-23) on a kill from Brown, but the Dolphins tied it on a bad set. The Dolphins got to set point three times following the tie, but the Blue Hose broke it up each time. Presbyterian finally took the set on an attack error and service ace by Berryman.

In the fourth set, a kill from Nyquist capped a 9-3 run for a 17-11 lead. The Dolphins extended the lead to 21-15 on a block from Courtney and sophomore Kyle Jacob. The Blue Hose scored four of the next seven points before a Jacob kill gave JU the set.

In the deciding set, an attack error by Presbyterian gave JU a 10-7 lead. The Blue Hose took five of the next seven points, capped on a Brown kill, to tie it at 12-12. The Dolphins had set point at 14-13, but an attack error kept the Blue Hose alive. With the score tied at 15-15, the match slipped away from the Dolphins as an attack error and a kill by Mabrey gave Presbyterian its first win.

The Dolphins continue the home stand at Swisher Gymnasium tomorrow against South Carolina State at 6 p.m. Fans can follow the action through live stats or video streaming on A-Sun.TV by clicking the links on