Volleyball defeats Presbyterian College, 3-1
Senior outside hitter Sara Bendorf
Senior outside hitter Sara Bendorf
Senior outside hitter Sara Bendorf tallied her second double-double of the young season to lead the JU volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-12, 22-25, 26-24, 25-16) win over Presbyterian College, Saturday afternoon in the second day of the Holliday Inn Invitational at Hanner Fieldhouse.

JU (1-1), which had three players tally double-figure digs, hit a match-high .214 overall and .478 (13-2-23) in the first set. PC (0-2) took the second set but could not overcome 10 service errors, 10 receiving errors and three ball handling errors.

“Presbyterian is a tough team for us to face because they frustrate us with their ball control,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “It’s hard to put balls down on them and when we start to make hitting errors, they take advantage and make runs. Consistency is the biggest thing for us to work on right now and that will get better in the next few weeks.”

Bendorf finished with a match-high 15 kills and 10 digs while also tallying three blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Abby Gruenbacher tallied 12 kills and a match-high five blocks while sophomore outside hitter Aidan Yeager also added 11 kills, three blocks and a match-high .364 (11-3-22) hitting percentage for the Dolphins.

Sophomore setter Hannah Munneke finished with a match-high 44 assists and added eight digs while junior libero Michelle Walroth led the defense with a match-high 27 digs. Sophomore defensive specialist Brittany Turnbull tallied a match-high four service aces and seven digs.

Justine Lanchester led the Blue Hose with 10 kills and two blocks. Lisa Shelley had 10 digs, nine kills and two blocks while Elizabeth Heineman notched a team-high 15 digs.

In the first set, JU came out on fire with a 9-2 advantage and increased the margin to 13-4 after a kill by Gruenbacher. The Blue Hose cut the deficit to 14-8 after a kill by Heather Swain but a pair of Yeager kills pushed the JU lead to 18-8. The Dolphins cruised to a 1-0 lead in the match by outscoring the Blue Hose 7-4 to close out the set.

In the second set, each team battled through seven ties before JU opened an 11-9 lead with an ace by Munneke. PC would tie the score two more times before using a 4-0 run to take a 19-15 advantage. The Blue Hose increased the margin to 22-16 after a kill by Ashley Dunlap but the Dolphins used a 5-1 run, capped by a ball handling error by Shelley, to cut the deficit to 23-21. PC would even the match, 1-1, after a kill by Amanda Kettles and an attack error by the Dolphins.

In the third frame, both teams battled through three ties until JU used a 3-0 run to take a 9-6 lead. The Blue Hose cut the deficit to one on three occasions but the Dolphins used another 3-0 run, capped by an attack error by Shelley, to push the advantage to 14-10. PC rallied with 9-2 run, capped by a Kelsey McKee kill, to open a 19-16 lead before increasing the margin to 21-17 on an attack error by the Dolphins. JU answered with a 3-0 run, sparked by a pair of kills by freshman outside hitter Kathryn Kane, to cut the deficit to 21-20 and then evened the set, 23-23, after a kill by Bendorf. JU would take a 2-1 advantage in the match by ending the set with a 3-1 run, which was sparked by a pair of Gruenbacher kills.

In the final frame, JU jumped out to a 3-0 lead on an ace by Munneke but PC answered with a 4-1 run to even things up at 4-4. The Dolphins countered with another 3-0 run, capped by a kill by Gruenbacher, to take a 7-4 advantage. JU increased the margin to 10-6 after an ace by Turnbull but the Blue Hose used a 4-1 run, sparked by a pair of attack errors by the Dolphins, to cut the deficit to 11-10. JU immediately answered with a 4-0 run to push its lead to 15-10 and then made it 20-14 after a kill by Munneke. The Dolphins would take the match after outscoring the Blue Hose 4-2 to close out the set.

JU will end the Holiday Inn Invitational tonight with a 7 p.m. contest against host Georgia Southern.