FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2008
Volleyball falls to Florida Gulf Coast, 3-0
Junior outside hitter Brooke Singleton
Junior outside hitter Brooke Singleton
The Dolphins could not get into the swing of things offensively as the JU volleyball team fell to Florida Gulf Coast, 3-0 (19-25, 21-25, 24-26), Friday evening at Alico Arena.

JU (10-6, 6-3) hit only .177 (36-19-96) in the contest and did not have a player record double-digit kills. FGCU (9-6, 8-1) hit .296 (48-16-108) in the contest, including a match-high .394 (17-4-33) in the opening frame to set the tone of the match.

“We didn’t deserve to win tonight,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “Florida Gulf Coast is a championship team and we still have a way to go. Brooke Singleton played great through injury but we need people to step up in big games before we win matches like this.”

Senior outside hitter Sara Bendorf led the Dolphins with eight kills and three blocks while sophomore middle blocker Abby Gruenbacher tallied seven kills, a team-best .545 (7-1-11) hitting percentage and three blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Aidan Yeager chipped in with seven kills, junior libero Shelley Walroth had 14 digs and Singleton recorded six kills, a .333 (6-1-15) hitting percentage and six digs.

Ana Kokanovic tallied 11 kills and 15 digs while Audrey Campbell added 11 kills and a team-high .526 (11-1-19) hitting percentage and three blocks. Roberta Santos paced the offense with a match-high 36 assists and Catilin Shawver chipped in with 10 kills and a .474 (10-1-19) hitting percentage.

In the first set, FGCU jumped out to a 6-2 lead but the Dolphins used a 4-0 run to even the contest. Both team battled through five more ties until JU used a 2-0 run, capped by a kill by sophomore middle blocker Brittany Lehman, to take a 13-11 advantage. The Eagles rallied with a 6-1 run, capped by a kill by Shawver, to take a 17-14 lead. JU would get no closer than two points (17-15) the rest of the way as the Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the Eagles took a 5-2 lead on an ace by Holly Youngquist but the Dolphins used a 5-2 run to even the contest. Both teams went through three more ties until FGCU used a 3-0 run, capped by a kill by Shawver, to take a 13-10 advantage. JU would slowly chip away at the deficit and eventually evened the contest, 17-17, with a kill by Singleton. Both teams battled through three more ties until the Eagles used a 5-1 run to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the final frame, FGCU jumped out to an early 4-1 lead but JU answered with a 3-0 run to even the contest. Both team went through three more ties until the Eagles used a 2-0 burst, capped by an attack error by the Dolphins, to take a 10-8 lead. After both teams traded several points, the Dolphins took a 20-19 lead after a block by Bendorf and Gruenbacher. The Dolphins increased the margin to 23-20 after an attack error by Cheyenne Jenks but the Eagles answered with a 6-1 to end the set and seal the match.

JU will complete its road trip on Oct. 11 as the Dolphins face Stetson on the road at 5 p.m. The contest can be viewed through Hatter Vision on www.gohatters.com.