Volleyball loses late to UNF, 3-2
Senior Kathryn Kane had 11 kills & 21 digs in the loss at UNF
Senior Kathryn Kane had 11 kills & 21 digs in the loss at UNF
UNF secured the final three sets to outlast the JU volleyball team, 3-2 (25-23, 25-23, 16-25, 22-25, 19-21), in A-Sun action on Friday night at UNF Arena.

Paige Pridegon recorded 26 kills and 29 digs to help the Ospreys (10-14, 3-6 A-Sun) in their comeback victory and secure a point in the SunTrust River City Rumble standings. Anna Budinska also tallied 19 kills to help the UNF cause.

“This was a tough loss,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “We played the way we wanted the first two sets, but was unable to put them away.”

After taking the first two sets, the Dolphins (10-14, 3-6) hit less than .140 in the final three sets to take their fourth straight loss.

Seniors Kathryn Kane (11) and Alliya Drzewiecki (10) led the Dolphins offensively, while sophomore Kendall Courtney added 38 assists and 16 digs in the loss. Kane also matched freshman Jenna Orner in digs with 21.

In the first set, an ace from junior Alison Loeppky and an attack error helped give JU a 7-5 lead. A kill from Courtney helped push the lead to 19-17, while blocks by Loeppky and Kane gave the Dolphins a 22-19. UNF closed the gap to 24-23 on a Jacob attack error, but she made up for it with a block in the next rally to give JU the set.

In the second set, the Dolphins took an 8-6 lead on blocks by Jacob and Courtney. UNF had an attack error to give the Dolphins a 16-10 advantage. The Ospreys settled down and rattled off an 11-4 run, capped on an Budinska kill to take a 21-20 lead. JU took the next three points to regain the lead at 23-21, but UNF made a one-point deficit (24-23) on another Budinska kill. The Dolphins gained the set with the help of a ball handling error on the Ospreys.

In the third set, the Dolphins cut an early deficit to tie it at 9-9 on an UNF attack error and Drzewiecki kill. JU tied it at 15-15 on a kill from freshman Nadia Booker, but the Ospreys found a rhythm with a 10-1 run, capped on a service error, to earn their first set.

Trailing in the fourth set, Drzewiecki broke up a 4-0 UNF run a kill before three JU errors gave the Ospreys a 14-8 advantage. The Dolphins used a 6-2 run to claw their way back into it and cut the deficit to 22-21 on a Drzewiecki kill. UNF held off JU and secured the set on an attack error.

With the scored tied at 6-6 in the fifth set, the Dolphins used a 4-1 run, capped on a kill by Courtney, for a 10-7 advantage. Consecutive kills from Carolyn Jenkins and Pridegon cut the UNF deficit to 12-11, but Loeppky broke it with a kill. The Ospreys tied it at 14-14 on a kill from Budinska. UNF set up match point, but Courtney broke it with a kill to the right side of the net. The teams traded match point several times until kills Majia Pantovic and Pridgeon finally give UNF the win.

The Dolphins play again tomorrow against Bethune-Cookman in Swisher Gymnasium tomorrow at 5 p.m.