Volleyball defeats Bethune-Cookman, 3-1
Senior Kathryn Kane added 13 kills in the B-CU win Play Video
Senior Kathryn Kane added 13 kills in the B-CU win
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Seniors Kathryn Kane and Alliya Drzewiecki each tallied double-digit kills to help the JU volleyball team to a 3-1 victory (25-16, 23-25, 25-18, 25-19) over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday at Swisher Gymnasium.

Kane (13) and Drzewiecki (11) paced the Dolphins (11-14) for the second straight night to help snap JU’s four-match losing streak. Four Dolphins’ hit double-digit digs led by freshman Jena Orner with 19. Freshman Cari Whitmire had nearly a double-double 14 digs and nine kills.

“It’s good to get the win,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “Bethune-Cookman is a good scrappy team, but we came away with the win. We have played some good volleyball, but we haven’t come up with the wins. Overall, we are happy for the win and look forward to getting back on the court tomorrow.”

Janeen Davis registered 21 kills and 13 digs to pace the Lady Wildcats (9-14), while Krysta Gardner finished with 16 kills and 16 digs.

In the first set, the Dolphins took a 7-4 lead on a service error. JU later built a 12-9 advantage on consecutive kills from Drzewiecki. A ball handing error gave the Dolphins a 17-13 lead, while back-to-back aces by sophomore Kendall Courtney closed an 8-3 JU run to secure the set.

In the second set, a Drzewiecki kill gave the Dolphins a 9-7 lead. A small 5-2 stretch, capped on a B-CU attack error, helped extend the JU lead to 17-14. After a timeout, the Lady Wildcats regrouped with an 8-4 run to take a 23-22 lead. The Dolphins broke set point with a Drzewiecki kill, but the Lady Wildcats got a kill from Gardner to even the sets.

In the third set, the Dolphins took another early 9-7 lead on a kill from Drzewiecki. A kill by junior Alison Loeppky and an B-CU attack error capped a 12-4 JU run for a 22-11 advantage. The Lady Wildcats tallied six of the next eight points before Loeppky quash the run with a kill to give JU the set.

In the fourth set, the Lady Wildcats tied it at 10-all on an attack error. Three straight attack errors by B-CU helped give JU an 16-13 lead, while Whitmire recorded her sixth kill of the set to extend the advantage to 19-16. The Lady Wildcats cut the deficit to 19-17 on a Davis kill, but the Dolphins got a kill and two service aces from Loeppky to earn the win.

The Dolphins end the home stand tomorrow against Florida A&M in Swisher Gymnasium at 3 p.m.