JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On a three-match win streak, No. 2 Jacksonville University volleyball will host its final home matches of the season before competing in the Atlantic Sun Championship in two weeks. The Fins (23-3 overall, 12-2 A-Sun) will compete against No. 10 Mercer on Friday at 7 p.m., in which the four seniors, Kendall Courtney, Kylie Jacob, Taylor Nyquist and Alyssa Robertson, will be celebrated for senior day. They will finish the weekend verses No. 6 Kennesaw State on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Fins are ranked 128th of 332 schools in the nation in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball RPI. They are still first in the conference in service aces per set with 1.77 and are second in blocks per set (2.22), kills per set (13.80), assists per set (12.84), opponent hitting percentage (.182) and hitting percentage (.256).
They’re a perfect 11-0 at home.
On offense, sophomore Sammie Strausbaugh leads JU with 3.23 kills per set, which is eighth-best in the A-Sun. Sophomore Gabriela Roman (2.73), senior Kylie Jacob (2.46) and senior Taylor Nyquist (2.15) round out the top four.
Jacob holds the best hitting percentage for JU and the fifth-best in the conference with .331, while seniors Courtney (.315) and Robertson (.302) are second and third for JU, respectively. Robertson’s is eighth-best in the conference.
Courtney has the upper hand in assists per set with a career-best and A-Sun fifth-best 10.31 to tally 1,000 this season so far. Sophomore Jizzian Gesualdo follows with 2.54 assists per set. In aces, Strausbaugh tops the conference and JU with 0.37 service aces per set and has tallied 34 in total. Courtney is second in the conference and JU with 0.33 per set and 32 in total, while Nyquist is third for JU and fourth in the A-Sun with 0.31 per set and 30 in all.
Defensively, Jacob also leads JU in blocks per set (1.01) and total blocks with 99.0, which is good for fourth-best in the A-Sun. Roberston is close behind with 0.92 blocks per set and 90.0 total blocks. Freshman Rachel Miller tops in digs per set with 3.03 and is followed by Strausbaugh (2.87) and Courtney (2.29) to round out the top three.
JACKSONVILLE vs. MERCER (Nov. 8)
The last meeting between the Dolphins and the Bears was on Oct. 5 in Macon, Ga. The Fins swept, 3-0 [25-19, 25-16, 25-15].
Mercer (1-24 overall, 0-15 A-Sun) most recently lost 3-0 to Lipscomb on Nov. 2.
Caroline Carlton leads Mercer in kills per set with 2.74, followed by Molly Locke with 2.69. Jordan Gollon holds the top spot in hitting percentage (.262), while Carlton is second with .200. In assists per set, Carly Iannarino leads with 7.99, while Locke leads in service aces per set with 0.20 for a total of 18.
Defensively, Gollon leads the Bears in blocks per set (0.79) and Cara Tripp is second with 0.72 blocks per set.
JACKSONVILLE vs. KENNESAW STATE (Nov. 9)
The last match between Jacksonville and Kennesaw State was on Oct. 4 in Kennesaw, Ga. Jacksonville won, 3-1 [25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 25-17].
The Owls are 11-14 overall and 6-9 in the Atlantic Sun. Most recently they beat Northern Kentucky, 3-1, on Nov. 2.
Kelly Marcinek leads Kennesaw State in kills per set with 3.58, followed by Keyaira Stevenson (2.56) and Cierra Royster (2.04). In hitting percentage, Sarah Young holds the advantage at .292, Camille Pedraza is second (.263) and Chade Martin is third (.248). Sara Metroka is first in assists per set with 9.51, while Emily Bean (0.28) and Toure Hopkins (0.27) are first and second, respectively, in service aces per set.
Megan McGuinness is first in blocks per set (0.78) with a total of 58.0, while Pedraza leads in digs per set with 3.85.