VB Sweeps for Eight-Match Streak
(Photo credit: Skip Tapp)
(Photo credit: Skip Tapp)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University volleyball swept USC Upstate, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at Swisher to roll into an eight-match win streak and hold the No. 1 spot in the Atlantic Sun. The Fins won 25-14, 25-21 and 28-26.

The Dolphins improve to 18-2 overall, 8-1 in the A-Sun and 8-0 at Swisher. Their eight-match win streak is their best since 2009 when they won 13 straight.

The Dolphins jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the final set and held control at 17-8 until the Spartans recorded six straight to pull within 17-14. USC Upstate made two kills, two service aces and earned two attack errors. The Spartans continued to dominate and close the gap to tie at 23-all before taking the lead at 24-23. The Dolphins rallied for two for a 25-24 advantage and scored the final three from down 26-25 to eventually win 28-26 for the match.

The action opened on an equal balance of points before JU led 16-9 after four straight from 10-8 to 13-8 and three consecutive from 14-9 to 16-9. USC Upstate earned a few points here and there, but JU controlled the first set, scoring six of the final seven points for a 25-14 opening set win.

JU dominated the second set too, starting on an 8-2 advantage after five straight on two kills, two service aces and one attack error. USC Upstate came within four, down 21-17, and down three at 24-21, but JU won 25-21 on a Taylor Nyquist kill.

JU held the advantage in team attacking percentage, hitting 40 percent (first), 31 percent (second) and 22 percent (third) to USC Upstate’s 7 percent, 16 percent and 18 percent, respectively.

After senior Alyssa Robertson’s eight block assist performance Friday evening, she recorded seven on the afternoon. Gabriela Roman had five and Sammie Strausbaugh (3) and Kylie Jacob (2) followed. In digs, Rachel Miller (11), Strausbaugh (9) and both Kendall Courtney and Mayara Prestes (8) rounded the top four.

Offensively, Jacob earned a career-high .700 attack percentage, going 8-for-10 on kills. Roman followed with a .409 on the afternoon, finishing 12-for-22 in kills. Strausbaugh recorded 11 kills. Both Strausbaugh and Nyquist earned two service aces, while Robertson and Courtney each hit one.

Next, Jacksonville hosts Stetson next Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.