Volleyball aces Seattle, 3-1
Freshman setter Ashley August
Freshman setter Ashley August
Senior outside hitter Sara Bendorf and freshman setter Ashley August notched double-doubles while junior libero Shelley Walroth tallied a match-high 34 digs to lead the JU volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-13, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16) win over Seattle, Friday evening at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (12-6) hit a match-high .178 (45-22-129) in defensive contest while also tallying a match-high 11 blocks and tying a four-set record with 19 service aces. SU (7-14) hit .120 (42-24-150) but kept pace with the Dolphins by tallying 10 blocks.

“We played solid tonight and we are starting to gel,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “Seattle is a well coached team and this is definitely a good win for us. We are continuously improving throughout the season and this will lead to good things in the A-Sun Tournament.”

Bendorf finished with a match-high 17 kills and 12 digs to chalk up her eighth double-double of the year. August notched her fourth of the season with 20 assists and 11 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Aidan Yeager added 11 kills and a match-high .333 (11-4-21) hitting percentage and six blocks while sophomore middle blocker Brittany Lehman tallied a career-best five aces. Junior outside hitter Brooke Singleton chipped in with 12 digs, seven kills and four aces.

Cristin Richards led the Redhawks with 14 kills and a team-best .244 (14-3-45) hitting percentage. Jamie Mellies paced the offense with 33 assists while Shelly Anderson added 19 digs.

In the first set, JU jumped out to a 6-2 lead on a kill by Bendorf and then increased the margin to 10-5 with a kill by sophomore outside hitter Aidan Yeager. After a kill by Mellies, the Dolphins used a 5-0 (which was fueled by four consecutive aces by Lehman) to increase the margin to 15-6. Follow a quick 2-0 run by the Redhawks, JU used a 4-0 run, capped by an attack error by Katlyn Dill, to make it 19-9. The Dolphins increased the margin to 21-11 with a block by sophomore middle blocker Abby Gruenbacher and freshman outside hitter Kathryn Kane before taking a 1-0 lead in the match by ending the set with a 4-2 run.

In the second set, each team battled through nine ties until JU used a 7-0 run (fueled by four Singleton aces) to take a 19-12 advantage. After a kill by Yeager put the score at 24-17, the Redhawks put up a small rally with four consecutive points to make it 24-21. Bendorf pushed the advantage to 2-0 for JU though by ending the set with a kill.

In the third set, both teams went through seven ties until SU used a 5-1 run to take a 15-11 advantage. JU evened the contest with a kill by Yeager (15-15) but the Redhawks answered with a 3-0 run to make it 18-15. JU cut the margin to one point on five more occasions, the last being 24-23, but SU cut the match deficit to 2-1 by ending the set with a kill by Richards.

In the final frame, SU jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on a kill by Richards but JU chipped away at the lead to even things up at 7-7 with a kill by Yeager. After another tie, the Dolphins used a 6-0 run (capped by a kill by Singleton) to take a 14-8 advantage. The Dolphins increased the lead to 21-13 with an ace by Walroth and would cruise the rest of the way to end the match.

JU will return to action on Saturday at 3 p.m. as the Dolphins face conference foe Campbell at 3 p.m. The Dolphins will “Dig Pink” for the match in support of breast cancer awareness and the match can been seen live on ASun.TV.