Volleyball ends road trip with 3-0 win over Campbell
Sophomore outside hitter Brittany Lehman
Sophomore outside hitter Brittany Lehman
Senior outside hitter Sara Bendorf tallied a match-high 12 kills and four blocks while junior libero Shelley Walroth notched a match-high 21 digs to lead the JU volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-9) win over Campbell, Friday evening at Gore Arena.

JU (10-5, 6-2) hit a match-high .282 (44-15-103) in the contest, including a match-high .391 (12-3-23) in the final set. CU (4-12, 2-5) hit .009 (20-19-106) in the contest but tied the Dolphins with five team blocks.

“We played solid tonight and our defense improved from set two to set three,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “We are continuing to get better in all areas as we make our way through the season and we hope to continue that progress next weekend.”

Along with Bendorf, sophomore outside hitter Brittany Lehman finished with nine kills and a.417 (9-1-17) hitting percentage. Lehman, who normally plays on the middle, played outside for an injured Aidan Yeager, who is out indefinitely. Junior middle blocker Nicki Kent tallied eight kills, a .400 (8-2-15) hitting percentage and four blocks. Junior outside hitter Brooke Singleton chipped in with five kills, a match-high four aces and eight digs.

Emily Werner led the Camels with six kills while Hope Leatigaga added 14 assists and 10 digs. Sarah Hill also added 10 digs to aid to the Campbell defense.

In the first set, Campbell took an early 2-0 lead on an ace by Leatigaga but the Dolphins used a 9-2 run to take a 9-4 advantage. JU increased the lead to 12-5 on an attack error by Leatigaga but the Camels cut the margin to 16-12 on a block by Ashley Weers and Hammersley. JU answered with a 5-1 run, capped by an attack error by Elisabeth Ennis, to make it 21-13 and would lead by no less than six points the remainder of the way to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, Campbell jumped out to a 4-0 lead on kill by Katie Stallings but JU would answer with a 4-0 run to even the contest. After two more ties, the Dolphins used a 5-0 run, capped by a kill by Bendorf, to open up an 11-6 advantage. The Camels chipped away at the deficit to tie the contest, 19-19, on a kill by Werner. After two more ties, JU used a 4-0 run to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the final frame, JU jumped out to a 5-1 lead on a kill by Kent but the Camels cut the deficit to 6-5 on an ace by Lauren Garza. JU would seize control of the set with a 5-0 run, capped by a kill by Lehman, and then outscore the Camels (14-3) the remainder of the way to take the match.

JU will return to action on Oct. 10 as the Dolphins face conference leader Florida Gulf Coast on the road at 7 p.m.