@JUvolleyball Swoops on Eagles, 3-1
Sammie Strausbaugh (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)
Sammie Strausbaugh (Photo credit: Skip Tapp)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The No. 2 Jacksonville University women’s volleyball team took down No. 5 Florida Gulf Coast, 3-1, on Tuesday evening to improve to 23-3 overall and 12-2 in the Atlantic Sun. With the victory, the Dolphins are a perfect 11-0 at Swisher.

For the Fins, Sammie Strausbaugh led with a .429 hitting percentage, tied a career-high with three service aces, tied Taylor Nyquist for a team-high 12 kills and tied Rachel Miller with nine digs. Gabriela Roman recorded a career-high three service aces, made 10 kills, two digs and two block assists. Kendall Courtney finished 3-for-4 for a .750 attack percentage, recorded a match-high 12 digs and 43 set assists, and one block assist. Kylie Jacob earned a career-high three digs and tied a match-high four block assists.

The Dolphins won the first two sets, 25-18 and 25-20, before the Eagles stormed back to take the third set 25-21.

The Eagles scored to an 11-9 lead after an Olivia Mesner kill and an attack error only until JU earned two on an Alyssa Robertson kill and attack error to tie the set 11-all, one of 13 ties. The Fins moved ahead from down 16-15 to control at 19-16 on two Strausbaugh kills, one Emily Laskelle kill and one attack error. But the Eagles retaliated to score nine of the final 11 points for a 25-21 win to force a fourth set.

In the final game the Eagles soared to a 5-0 advantage on one service ace, one kill and three attack errors before JU had the upper hand at 14-13 on a Nyquist kill. The Eagles evened the set at 19-all on a service ace until the Fins scored four straight on one service error, two attack errors and another Nyquist kill. The set was 24-22 until the final point came on a kill by Robertson.

Next, Jacksonville returns to Swisher this Friday and Saturday to host Mercer at 7 p.m. for senior day and close out against Kennesaw State at 3 p.m. These are JU’s final home matches before the Atlantic Sun Championship begins on Nov. 21.