THURSDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2013
Dolphins End Historic Season in NCAA Tournament
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Senior Kylie Jacob and sophomore Sammie Strausbaugh each tallied a team-best nine kills on the night, but No. 5 seed Florida held Jacksonville to a .175 hitting percentage to win, 3-0, [19-25, 15-25 and 16-25] in the first round of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament Thursday night in the Stephen O’Connell Center.
Senior Alyssa Robertson followed with eight kills and three digs while hitting a team-best .500 and senior Kendall Courtney led with 24 assists and a second-best six digs, behind Mayara Prestes’s match-high of 11.
“It’s been a surreal season for us," said second-year Head Coach Michelle Collier. "This program has done really great things this year. We played a really good team on their home court, so it was tough. I’m proud of the way our team fought. I didn’t think we hung our head.
"We tried to stay with them [Florida], but they take a lot out of you. They take a lot out of your ball control and take a lot out of your hitters. They are just a tough team to beat. We were happy to be able to bring JU back on the map like we wanted and now it’s our mission to continue to get to the top.”
The Fins saw their historic season come to a close in Gainesville with their best-ever record at 30-4 (.882). The Fins' second-best finish was the program's 1983 team that posted a 35-9 record (.795). The Dolphins also ended their season with the fewest losses in the program’s 41-year history and competed in their second NCAA Tournament ever – first since 2004.
“In professional sports, these are the seasons people retire on," said Courtney. "So I couldn’t have asked for a better season. One team ends with a win. This was my dream to make it to the tournament, so it’s been a surreal year for me. I’m just really glad I got to be a part of it.”