Volleyball takes down Mercer, 3-0
Senior Kathryn Kane tallies double-double at Mercer.
Senior Kathryn Kane tallies double-double at Mercer.
Senior Kathryn Kane had 10 kills and 12 digs to help the JU volleyball team dispatch Mercer in three sets (25-20, 25-18, 25-21) in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Saturday.

Sophomore Kylie Jacob matched Kane with 10 kills to help the Dolphins (12-15, 4-6 A-Sun) get the road win. Sophomore Kendall Courtney and freshman Cari Whitmire each had 12 digs to help the cause.

Senior Alliya Drzewiecki and junior Allison Loeppky added seven kills each for the Dolphins, who held the Bears (10-17, 3-7) to a .158 hitting percentage.

“Our energy picked up on the court today and we earned the victory instead of waiting for someone to give it to us,” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “We've been practicing well the last couple of weeks and it was nice to see that work pay off.”

Jennifer Katona had 12 kills for the Bears, while Jamie Duffy tallied 13 digs.

In the first set, Drzewiecki capped a 5-1 run with a kill to give the Dolphins a 11-7 lead. After Mercer tied the set at 13-13, the Dolphins regained the lead at 20-15 on a 7-2 stretch, capped by a Loeppky kill. A Mercer error and kill by Courtney helped JU take the set.

In the second set, two aces by Courtney and a Drzewiecki helped JU race out to a 10-0 advantage. The Dolphins extended to 14-2 on a bad set by Mercer, while a kill by Kane made it a 16-6 lead. The Bears made a late 7-3 run, but another Kane kill gave the Dolphins the set.

Trailing 9-4 in the third set, the Dolphins used a 7-2 run, capped on a Courtney kill, to gain an 11-10 lead. The lead traded hands several times before consecutive aces by freshman Jenna Orner gave JU a 20-17 advantage. A Katona kill helped the Bears close the gap to 23-30, but kills by Loeppky and sophomore Kylie Jacob locked up the JU win.

The Dolphins will return home to host cross-town rival North Florida on Friday in Swisher Gymnasium at 7 p.m. The match will also count towards the standings of the SunTrust River City Rumble battle between the two schools.