Dolphins Wrap Up Day One of A-Sun Tournament With Win Over Mercer
Dolphins face FGCU in an elimination game tomorrow at 11:00 am

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville went 1-1 on day one at the 2013 Atlantic Sun Conference Sand Volleyball Championships Saturday afternoon at the Dolphin Beach Volleyball Complex.

The third seed Dolphins now face fourth seeded Florida Gulf Coast will meet in an elimination game at 11 a.m.

In the winners bracket quarterfinal, second seeded Stetson won at the no. 3, no. 4, and no. 5 positions to defeat third seed Jacksonville 3-2. Alisha Hoffman and Catherine Coston opened the match with a 2-0 win at the no. 4 seed 21-11, 21-14. At the no. 5 seed, Jordann Dierickx and Erika White also won in straight sets, 21-15, 21-12 over Emily Laskelle and Nicole Teplit, giving Stetson an early 2-0 lead.

The top three seeds took the courts next, and the no. 3 pair of Savannah Byl and Katie DiGirolamo clinched the match for Stetson, winning 22-20, 21-18 in a tight two-set match.

Jacksonville closed out the day with a 3-2 elimination game win over Mercer. The Dolphins No. 1 pair of Sammie Strausbaugh and Taylor Nyquist clinched the victory with a 21-12, 21-13 win. Jacksonville’s No. 2 pair, Kendall Courtney and Niatha Cullen won in straight sets as well, 21-12, 21-12 as did the No. 5 pair of Emily Laskelle and Nicole Teplitz, 27-25, 21-18.

In other action, FGCU won Saturday’s first match 3-2 over Mercer behind three set wins at the no. 1 and no. 5 positions. The Eagles No. 2 duo of  Kaitlin Holm and Whitney Masters meanwhile won in straight sets, 23-21, 21-17 to help FGCU advance to a quarterfinal contest against UNF. Brooke Kohler and Brittany Muse won at no. 1, 10-21, 22-20, 15-8, while Jill Hopper and Gigi Meyer claimed the win at no. 5, 14-21, 21-7, 15-10.

In the quarterfinals, UNF continued its success against A-Sun competition winning by a final of 4-1. The Osperys had straight set victories at the No. 1 position by Anna Budinska and Dagnija Medina, 21-10, 21-15, at the No. 4 by Britt Claessens and Nicole Baran, 21-15, 21-15, and at the No. 5 position by Pagie Pridgeon and Cameron McGuire, 21-14, 21-16. Anna Wagner and Emily Strack won in three sets, 19-21, 21-16, 15-8, at the No. 3 position to account for the final margin.