Volleyball falls in three to Columbia
Senior Alison Loeppky
Senior Alison Loeppky
The JU volleyball team’s offensive struggles continue as it dropped a 3-0 decision (12-25, 22-25, 19-25) to Columbia Saturday at the Holiday Inn Select/UCF Classic.

The Dolphins (0-6) were held to .088 hitting percentage, while committing 21 errors for their second straight 3-0 loss this weekend.

Freshman Sammie Strausbaugh (12) recorded double-digit kills for the fifth straight overall match to earn all-tournament honors. Senior Alison Loeppky had seven kills, while junior Kendall Courtney added 24 assists.

“This was another tough loss for us,” JU head coach Michelle Collier said. “We are not playing to the caliber we know we can be. Our goal this week is to work on our mistakes and come back ready to play Friday.”

Megan Gaughn recorded nine kills to lead the Lions (1-2) to their first win of the season. Molly Wringer (13) and Atlanta Moye-McLaren (12) each had double-digit digs to help the cause.

With the score tied at seven in the first set, a kill by Gaughn sparked an 18-5 Lions run to end the frame to gain a 1-0 lead.

In the second set, sophomore Taylor Nyquist recorded an ace to close a JU deficit to 9-8. Trailing 16-11, the Dolphins called a timeout and regrouped to pull within four, 23-19, on a bad set by the Lions. A Strausbaugh kill made it 23-21, but Gaughn and Caitlin Brenton each recorded kills to get the set for Columbia.

In the third set, the Dolphins took an 8-7 advantage on a kill from freshman Jizzyan Gesualdo. A Courtney kill made it a 9-8 JU lead, but Brenton kill capped a 10-3 run with a kill to give Columbia an 18-12 advantage. Loeppky brought JU to 23-17 on a kill before the Lions ended the match on a Bailey Springer kill for the win.

The Dolphins continues to season-long opener road swing Friday against Florida in Gainesville, Fla., for the Active Ankle Challenge. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m.