Volleyball drops 3-1 decision to Kennesaw State
Senior Kathryn Kane recorded 11 kills & 13 digs for JU on Saturday. Play Video
Senior Kathryn Kane recorded 11 kills & 13 digs for JU on Saturday.
A 19-kill, 12-dig effort by Alyssa Lang helped Kennesaw State down the JU volleyball team, 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 19-25, 18-25), in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Saturday in Swisher Gymnasium.

Along with Lang, the Owls (7-12, 2-2 A-Sun) got double-digit kills from Justine Young (14), while Camille Pedraza had a match-high 17 digs.

Senior Kathryn Kane recorded a double-double (11 kills, 13 digs) to lead the Dolphins (9-10, 2-2) in the loss. Sophomore Kylie Jacob and junior Alison Loeppky each finished with 10 kills.

“Our team didn’t want to end the weekend this way,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “We came out and executed perfectly in the first set, but it went downhill for us after that. We look forward to smoothing things out in practice before we head out of town again.”

In the first set, the Dolphins took a 13-11 lead on a kill by Loeppky. JU later secured a 19-16 advantage on an attack error by Lang. The Owls scored four of the next six points to cut the deficit to one (21-20) until an attack error helped push the JU lead to 24-22. Sophomore Niatha Cullen ended the set on a service ace to give JU a 1-0 lead.

In the second set, three straight kills by sophomore Alyssa Robertson helped the Dolphins take a 9-6 advantage. Kennesaw State recorded an 11-3 run, capped on an Emily Bean kill, to secure a 17-12 lead. Kane cut the deficit to three, 19-16, on a kill, but the Owls scored six of the next 11 points to take the set.

In the third set, a Kane kill would tie the match at 10-10. The Owls took a 15-13 edge on an attack error before building a 21-17 advantage from consecutive kills by Bean. The Dolphins got it to a 22-19 deficit on a Cullen kill, but Lang recorded two of the final three points on kills to give the Owls the set.

In the fourth set, the Owls used a 10-3 run, capped on a JU attack error, for a 12-7 lead. A Pedraza error put the Dolphins within four at 18-14, but the Owls ended the match on a 7-4 stretch to secure the victory.

The Dolphins hit the road again starting Friday against ETSU in Johnson City, Tenn., at 7 p.m.