Off to its best start since 2000, the JU volleyball team
will travel to Gainesville, Fla. to compete in the
Campus USA Credit Union Invitational Tournament at
the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
The Dolphins open the weekend against
host No. 8 Florida on Friday at 7 p.m. before closing
the weekend against Florida A&M on Saturday at 3 p.m.
JU's match against Florida can be
purchased to view on gatorzone.com.
Another one bites the dust
Junior libero Shelley Walroth broke her
own single-season digs record at JU with 672 last
year and is poised to destroy the career record with
two full seasons remaining in her career.
After tallying the JU single-season
for digs, Walroth surpassed Julie Heipp - 1,324 (1991-
94) on the career list with 25 against Georgia
Southern to give her 1,328 for her career.
This season, Walroth is setting the
standard in the A-Sun by leading the conference with
85 digs and 6.54 digs per set.
Bendorf named A-Sun "Player of the
Senior outside hitter Sara Bendorf was
awarded the first Atlantic Sun Conference "Player of
the Week" for 2008 after tallying three double-doubles
to lead the Dolphins to a Holiday Inn Tournament title
over the weekend in Statesboro, Ga.
Bendorf, who also earned all-tournament
honors for the weekend, becomes the first Dolphin to
earn the weekly honor since she received the award
for the first time on Sept. 25, 2006.
Against UCF, she tallied 21 kills, 10 digs
and a .190 (21-10-58) hitting percentage as the
Dolphins fell to the Knights, 3-2, in day one. Against
Presbyterian, Bendorf led the squad to its first win of
2008 with a match-high 15 kills and 10 digs while also
tallying three blocks. In the tournament finale against
host Georgia Southern, she finished with a match-
high 18 kills and 10 digs while also tallying two blocks
and a .292 (18-4- 48) hitting percentage.
For the weekend, Bendorf led the squad
with 54 kills and 4.15 kills per set while ranking
second with a .233 hitting percentage and third with 30
digs and a 2.31 digs per set average.
Her kills and kills per set average rank her
second in the A-Sun.
JU is off to its best start to a season since
beginning the 2000 campaign with a 4-1 record.
Senior outside hitter Sara Bendorf, junior libero
Shelley Walroth and sophomore setter Hannah
Munneke were each selected to the Holiday Inn
Tournament all-tournament team.
Still big up front
Sophomore middle blocker/outside hitter
Abby Gruenbacher is also coming off a freshman
campaign which earned her A-Sun all-freshman
accolades but must fill the shoes of departed middle
As a freshman, Gruenbacher ranked third
in the conference and led all freshmen with 98 total
blocks, including a season-high 13 total blocks vs.
New Orleans. She also ranked second on the squad
in hitting percentage (.263) and went over .300 on 13
Gruenbacher is off to a nice start in 2008
by leading the squad with a .256 hitting percentage
and 17 blocks while also ranking second with 36 kills.
In the conference rankings, she leads the A-Sun with
17 blocks and 1.31 bpg and is seventh with 2.77 kills
Sophomore setter Hannah Munneke
(pronounced mun-ah-key) was thrown into the pool
without much security in her first season with the
program but she certainly didn't sink.
In her first season, Munneke earned
Atlantic Sun Conference all-freshman honors
ranking third in the A-Sun with 11.61 assists per game
while also leading all setters in service aces (35) and
She also set a new single-season assists
record (1,356) surpassing Erin Donivan (1,244 - 2005)
and is on pace to shatter the career assist record of
3,969 by Michelle Glover (1991-94).
In 2008, Munneke has paced the Dolphin
offense to their best start since 2000 by leading the
conference with 147 assists and 11.31 assists per set.