Volleyball downs ETSU to start road trip, 3-1
Senior Kathryn Kane records 12 kills in the win on Friday.
Senior Kathryn Kane records 12 kills in the win on Friday.
The JU volleyball team got off to a great start on its final long trip of the year with a 3-1 victory (25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18) against ETSU in A-Sun action on Friday night.

Senior Kathryn Kane tallied 12 kills and seven digs to pace the Dolphins (10-10, 3-2 A-Sun) in just her third match back from an ankle injury. Sophomore Kylie Jacob posted 10 kills, while senior Ashley August added 18 digs and sophomore Kendall Courtney tallied 36 assists.

“This was a great way to start the weekend,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “We got off to a good start and played consistent throughout the match. Hopefully, we can continue this momentum tomorrow so we can end the weekend on a high note.”

Megan Devine recorded 20 of the 47 kills by the Lady Bucs (7-11, 1-3) on the night. Jamie Stancliff was the next highest ETSU player with five kills.

In the first set, the Lady Bucs jumped to a 7-3 lead on consecutive attack errors by Kane. The Dolphins bounced back and tied it at 10-10 on a kill from freshman Cari Whitmire. A kill by Stancliff tied it at 20-20, but the Dolphins took five of the next six points to secure the set.

In the second set, the Dolphins trailed early again after an ace by Jamie Rutledge gave the Lady Bucs an 8-4 advantage. ETSU led for most of the set until a 7-3 run, capped on consecutive service aces by junior Alison Loeppky, gave JU a 21-20 lead. The teams tied two more times before a kill by Jacob and an attack error gave the set to the Dolphins.

In the third set, a 6-3 JU run was capped by two aces from sophomore Kendall Courtney for a 16-13 lead. Trailing 21-17 late into the set, the Dolphins rallied and cut it to one, 23-22, on a Jacob kill. The Lady Bucs quashed the rally and took the next two points for the set.

With the scored tied at 10 in the fourth set, the Dolphins used a 10-4 stretch, capped on a kill by senior Alliya Drzewiecki, for a 20-14 lead. Jacob recorded two straight kills to make it a 22-15 advantage, while the Dolphins secured the win on a kill from sophomore Alyssa Robertson.

The Dolphins end the road trip tomorrow at USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. at 3 p.m. Fans can follow the action through live stats and video streaming on A-Sun.TV by logging onto