Volleyball downs ETSU, 3-0
Junior libero Shelley Walroth
Junior libero Shelley Walroth
Another team effort by the Dolphins lead the JU volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-19) win over East Tennessee State, Saturday evening at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (16-8, 11-5) hit .267 in the contest, including .444 (12-0-27) in the third set, while tallying 10 blocks and 10 service aces. ETSU (8-17, 5-11) hit .030 for the match and had a match-high 15 errors (10 receiving, three serving, two ball handling).

“Our defense played extremely well all week and it got us back on track,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “We are trying some new things as we continue through the season and hopefully it will help us improve in the postseason.”

Senior outside hitter Sara Bendorf led the Dolphins with nine kills while tallying eight digs and two blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Brittany Lehman finished with eight kills, a team-high .389 (8-1-18) hitting percentage and three blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Aidan Yeager had seven kills, a .375 (7-1-16) hitting percentage and four blocks while sophomore middle blocker Abby Gruenbacher added a match-high seven blocks and five kills. Junior libero Shelley Walroth finished with a match-high 10 digs.

Erin Ryan led the Bucs with nine kills while Desiree Dyck added seven kills. Amanda Youell added a match-high 22 assists, eight digs and a team-best four blocks.

In the first set, JU held an early 4-3 lead before using a 6-0 run to open up a 10-3 advantage. ETSU answered with a 5-0 run, capped by a kill by Desiree Dyck, to cut the margin to 10-8. The Dolphins countered with a 4-0 run of their own, capped by an attack error by Dyck, to push the lead to 14-8. After a point by the Bucs, JU used a 3-0 run to make it 17-9 and then answered another Bucs' point with a 5-0 run to make it 22-10. ETSU rattled off a short 3-0 run at the end of the set but JU got a kill from Bendorf to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, both teams battled through five ties until JU used a 3-0 run to take a 10-7 advantage. The Dolphins increased the lead to 13-8 with a block by Gruenbacher and Yeager but the Bucs cut the deficit to 15-13 with a block by Mallory Kiley and Youell. The Dolphins answered with a 7-1 run, capped by a bad set by Kelley Coker, to make it 22-14 and would finish off the set to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the final frame, JU jumped out to a 5-1 lead after an ace by Walroth and then followed a point by the Bucs with a 3-0 run to increase the margin to 8-2. ETSU answered with a 3-0 run to make it an 8-5 deficit and both teams would trade points until an ace by junior outside hitter Brooke Singleton gave JU a 16-11 lead. After a service error by the Dolphins, JU used a 4-0 run to make it 20-12 on an ace by Yeager. The Bucs would cut the deficit to four (23-19) with a 4-0 run but a kill by freshman outside hitter Kathryn Kane and a block by Gruenbacher and Yeager ended the match.

JU will return to the road next week as the Dolphins start things off against Kennesaw State on Nov 7 at 7 p.m.