Dolphins prepare for busy week

Aug. 30, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- - It's going to be a busy week for the Jacksonville volleyball team.

Starting Wednesday, the Dolphins will open up their home schedule with four matches in four days. The first match is against former Atlantic Sun Conference rival UCF at 7 p.m.

"We are really looking forward to being at home for the first time this season," said JU head coach Kevin Paul. "UCF is always a tough match and it has turned into a challenging rival for us. I think they have regrouped from last year and I think we will be ready for them."

Following the UCF match on Wednesday, the Dolphins host Robert Morris on Friday at 7:30 p.m., and face Eastern Michigan at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday followed by Eastern Washington at 7:30 p.m.

The Dolphins are looking to rebound from their 0-4 start to the 2005 campaign. Last year, Jacksonville opened the year by losing their first seven matches before claiming the A-Sun tournament title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

"Our schedule has been tough for us thus far but we have played well through it and I think it really has made us better in a lot of areas," Paul said. "This weekend will be no different as we are hosting three really good teams. Eastern Washington is a great program with a really discipline team which is used to winning and I think they will be the greatest challenge for us overall. Eastern Michigan and Robert Morris are both two successful teams as well with Robert Morris going undefeated in its conference last year."

Jacksonville is looking to build some momentum as it looks ahead to A-Sun play in a month.

"This will be a great week for us to prepare for the conference play," Paul said. "I have told our players that these are the type of matches that make us better, but it's time to step up another notch and put to use what we have learned in the last four matches."

With her eight kills against #8 Florida on Monday, Eva Stoilova has amassed 50 kills in just four matches. The 6-foot junior has 564 kills and is just 397 kills away from cracking the school's top five in that category. She also leads the team in digs with 56.