Volleyball blanks Bethune-Cookman, 3-0, to end homestand
Senior outside hitter Sara Bendorf
Senior outside hitter Sara Bendorf
The Dolphins made it a clean sweep over the weekend as senior outside hitter Sara Bendorf tallied a match-high 13 kills and a .522 (13-1-23) hitting percentage to lead the JU volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-12) win over Bethune-Cookman, Sunday afternoon at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (5-4), which won its third straight three-set match, hit .345 (35-6-84) in the contest and tallied a match-high seven team blocks. BC-U (1-8) hit -.050 (19-24-89) and had 13 errors (seven receive, four ball handling, two serve).

“We got to play with a lot of different lineups this weekend so hopefully it will be an advantage to us in the future,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “Everyone got playing time tonight and helped contribute to a win. We get back into conference action this weekend and we are looking forward to getting back on the road.”

Along with Bendorf, sophomore middle blocker Brittany Lehman had six kills, a .300 (6-0-20) hitting percentage and two blocks. Junior outside hitter Brooke Singleton tallied five kills, a .385 (5-0-13) hitting percentage and 10 digs. Junior libero Shelley Walroth led the defense with a match-high 15 digs.

Kaiyana Johnson led the Wildcats with four kills while Shakhea Moore-Haggins led the defense with nine digs.

In the first set, JU jumped out to an early 10-3 lead after a kill by Singleton and then increased the lead to 15-5 with an ace by Singleton. The Dolphins made it 21-7 with a kill by Bendorf and would take a 1-0 lead in the match when Reina Carson finished the set with a service error.

In the second set, both teams went through four ties before the Dolphins used a 3-0 run to open up a 7-4 advantage. The Wildcats would answer back to even things up (9-9) after an attack error by the Dolphins but JU rebounded with a 5-0 run, capped by an attack error by Jessica Wilson, to lead 14-9. JU increased the margin to 21-11 with a block by Lehman and sophomore outside hitter Aidan Yeager and took a 2-0 lead in the match by ending the set with a 4-2 run.

In the final frame, JU jumped out to a 10-4 lead after a bad set by Julie Gibson and increased the margin to 14-7 after another bad set by Gibson. The Dolphins made it 19-9 after a ball handling error by Sydney Smith and would take the match by ending the set with a 6-3 run.

JU will return to Atlantic Sun Conference against East Tennessee State on Friday at 7 p.m.