Carolyn Jenkins and Paige Pridgeon each had 13 kills to lead the Ospreys (9-7, 1-3 A-Sun) to the SunTrust River City Rumble point. Marija Pantovic added 10 kills to help the cause.
The Dolphins (3-14, 1-3), who led late in each of the first two sets, got double-digit kills from their freshman tandem of Sammie Strausbaugh (13) and Gabriela Roman (10). Roman also matched junior Kendall Courtney in digs with 15.
“We didn’t finish tonight,” JU head coach Michelle Collier said. “I thought we played well at times, but had a hard time closing out sets. Overall, we enjoyed being at home in front of our crowd and look forward to another tough conference match Tuesday.”
In the first set, the Dolphins picked up a 20-17 lead on a Strausbaugh kill. Three straight errors by JU helped UNF tie the match at 20. A Roman kill tied it at 22, but the Ospreys used a Jenkins kill and two aces to take the set.
In the second set, JU benefited from four straight UNF errors to build a 22-17 advantage. UNF closed the gap to 23-21 on a Pridgeon ace. Following a JU timeout, junior Kylie Jacob gave the Dolphin set point, 24-22, with a kill. The Dolphins couldn’t capitalize as three errors and a Pantovic kill gave the Ospreys the set.
Following the intermission, the Dolphins gained a 20-17 lead late into the third set on a Jacob kill. The Ospreys cut the deficit to two twice before sophomore Taylor Nyquist had a kill to give JU a 23-20 advantage. JU picked up two points on consecutive errors to win the set.
In the fourth set, the Ospreys used a 10-4 run, capped on a Jenkins kill, to take a 14-8 advantage. A Pantovic kill later helped UNF push the lead to 17-11. The Dolphins got it to four twice before the Ospreys used a Jenkins kill to secure their first A-Sun win.
The Dolphins host Florida Gulf Coast in an A-Sun match Tuesday at Swisher Gymnasium. First serve is set for 7 p.m.