Volleyball routs Stetson to open conference play

Sept. 24, 2005

Final Stats

DeLAND, Fla. - - Lindsay Ward had 11 kills and Eva Stoilova had 10 kills as the Jacksonville volleyball team routed Stetson 3-0 to open Atlantic Sun Conference play on Saturday.

The Dolphins (5-10, 1-0 A-Sun) defense racked up 12 blocks, with Ward racking up 6 and Danielle Neville with five to Jacksonville to its fourth in its last five matches after a 1-9 start.

"We came out of the gates a little bit slow, but we played pretty well," said JU head coach Kevin Paul. "The key for us was blocking. We made a little adjustment during one of the timeouts and we came out and blocked a ton of balls, which made life easy for our defense."

Jacksonville opened the match with a 30-18 win game one, racking up 21 kills with a .385 hitting percentage. Defensively, Stetson (4-10, 0-2 A-Sun) was held to just eight kills and a .094 hitting percentage.

Game two was tightly contested with the Dolphins pulling out a 30-27 win. JU's offense was once again up to the task with 16 kills while Stetson's offense struggled again, getting just 12 kills and hitting a paltry .091.

Jacksonville iced the match in style, winning 30-10. Erin Donivan served 14 straight points in the middle of the game while the JU offense hit .357 and held Stetson to a negative percentage.

"We came and did what we wanted today, win in three and go 1-0 in conference," Paul said. "Now we come back and focus on UNF on Thursday."

Donivan directed the JU offense with 37 assists and three blocks as well. Petya Borisova led the Dolphins' defense with 10 digs.

The Dolphins return to the court on Thursday against crosstown rival North Florida. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium.