THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2008
Volleyball blanks Campbell, 3-0, in first round of A-Sun Tournament
Junior libero Shelley Walroth
Junior libero Shelley Walroth
Senior outside hitter Sara Bendorf tallied a match-high 14 kills and a .361 (14-1-36) hitting percentage as the JU volleyball team make quick work of No. 6 Campbell, 3-0 (25-21, 25-9, 26-24), Thursday evening in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament at the University Center.

JU (20-9) advances to tomorrow’s semifinal against No. 2 Belmont after tallying the program’s first 20-win season since 1988 (25-19). The Dolphins hit .206 in the match, including a blistering .407 (13-2-27) in set two, while tallying only nine errors on the night (6 service, three receiving).

CU (7-23) hit .071 in the match and had 13 errors (6 service, 6 receive, one ball handling) but tallied a match-high eight blocks.

“We played well tonight but we have more work to do,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “Our goal is to win a championship and we took our first step. Now we have to prepare for a tough match tomorrow.”

Bendorf, who also tallied nine digs and three blocks, is seven kills shy of surpassing Farley Snow (994, 1989-92) for fifth on the all-time list. Junior outside hitter Brooke Singleton added 12 digs and six kills while sophomore middle blocker Abby Gruenbacher had seven kills and four blocks. Junior libero Shelley Walroth finished with a match-high 22 digs.

Katie Stallings led the Camels with nine kills, a .292 (9-2-24) hitting percentage and three blocks. Hope Leatigaga had a match-high 24 assists and nine digs while Ashley Weers tallied a match-high 5 blocks.

In the first set, both teams went through eight ties until JU used a 5-0 run to take a 14-9 advantage on an ace by freshman setter Ashley August. Both teams would trade points until the Dolphins increased the lead to 18-12 with a kill by junior middle blocker Nicki Kent. Both teams exchanged points again until a kill by sophomore outside hitter Aidan Yeager increased the margin to 20-13. CU used a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to 22-20 but JU answered with a 3-1 run, capped by an attack error by the Camels, to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, both teams went through three ties until CU used a 2-0 run to take a 5-3 lead. JU answered with a 4-0 run, capped by an attack error by the Camels, to take a 7-5 advantage. Both teams exchanged points until the Dolphins used a 6-0 run, capped by an ace by Kent, to increase the lead to 14-7. The Dolphins increased the margin to 17-8 with a kill by Singleton and then made it 20-9 with a kill by Bendorf. JU would end the set on a 5-0 run, capped by a kill by Bendorf, to take a 2-0 lead into the break.

In the third frame, both teams went though nine ties until JU used a 2-0 run to open up a 13-11 lead. Both teams traded points until the Dolphins increased the margin to 16-13 after an attack error by the Camels. JU used a 3-0 run to increase the margin to 19-14 but CU would answer with a 3-1 run to cut the deficit to 20-17. Both teams would exchange points until the Camels used a 3-0 run, capped by an attack error by the Dolphins, to cut the margin to 21-20. JU would answer with a 3-1 run, capped by a kill by Bendorf, to make it 24-21 but CU countered with a 3-0 run to make it 24-24. The Dolphins answered with a 2-0 run, capped by a solo block by Kent, to seal the match.

JU will next compete on Friday at 5 p.m. against No. 2 Belmont at the University Center. All matches can be seen live on ASun.TV while all other tournament information can be found on atlanticsun.org.