MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009
Volleyball completes a solid weekend to open its spring schedule
Rising sophomore Kathryn Kane
Rising sophomore Kathryn Kane
Rising sophomore outside hitter Kathryn Kane tallied 26 kills and rising senior libero Shelley Walroth notched 41 digs in eight games to lead the JU volleyball team to the final pool in a nine-team tournament at UCF over the weekend.

The tournament consisted on Florida State, Miami, Georgia Southern, Stetson, UNF, USF, West Florida and host UCF. All nine teams were broken up in to three-team pools in the morning with each pool winner advancing to the winners pool in the afternoon. Each team played each other twice in games to 25 points.

JU advanced to the winners pool after securing two wins over Stetson and a split with USF. After advancing to the final pool due to total points accumulated, the Dolphins dropped two games to FSU before splitting with Georgia Southern. The Seminoles came away as the tournament winner by also sweeping the Eagles in two games.

"We played well in the morning session and made some great strides in the skills we've been working on this spring,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “Our passing and defense were solid and that's a great sign for us going into next season. Offensively, KK really stepped up today and showed the progress she's made in the last few months. Defensively, Ashley August had a great morning session.

The Dolphins played the eight games with only five hitters and eight total players due to injuries. Along with Kane, rising senior outside hitter Brooke Singleton finished with 18 kills.

"At the end of the day this was a good tournament for us. We played at a high level in the morning and that's encouraging heading into next year. We definitely have areas to improve, but we're progressing well."

JU will continue its spring schedule by competing in the 2009 Collegiate Beach Volleyball Challenge – Fiesta on Siesta Key on April 18 in Siesta Key, Fla. For more information, click on the tournament website on http://www.fiestaonsiestakey.com.