Volleyball set for rematch with North Florida

Oct. 11, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With new life being breathed into its season, the Jacksonville volleyball team puts it four-match winning streak on the line again Wednesday night in a rematch at archrival North Florida.

The Dolphins (7-10, 3-0 A-Sun) are riding high after winning six of their last seven matches after a disastrous 1-9 start. In the middle of the current winning streak was 3-1 win over the rival Ospreys on Oct. 12 that gave the Dolphins their 12th straight win in Atlantic Sun Conference play.

"Seems like just yesterday we played them," said JU head coach Kevin Paul. "I was thrilled at the environment we had for the first meeting, it was great to see a rival being made."

In the first meeting, the Dolphins dropped the first game before taking the next three to seal the win. Jacksonville's defense was a big key as the Dolphins racked up 12 blocks and held the Ospreys to a .187 hitting percentage.

"I think this game is going to be very similar to the last one, ball control will determine the outcome," Paul said. "I'm pretty sure they have a better idea, as do we, of what we want to come out and do both on offense and defense. Our block continues to improve and we are now putting more things together offensively, hopefully making us a little less predictable. Right now we are playing pretty well and playing with the confidence we need to continue winning."

The rivalry between the two schools seems to be taking root as a record crowd of 1,011 watch the first meeting in Swisher Gymnasium. Another big crowd is expected on Wednesday night at UNF Arena. Despite playing in a hostile atmosphere, the Dolphins are prepared for a tough match.

"We'll see on Wednesday how it's all coming together," Paul said. "We know UNF will be playing a bit tougher this time around, especially being at home, but I expect us to respond just fine."

First serve is set for 7 p.m.