MACON, Ga. – Jacksonville University volleyball is on a four-match win streak after shutting out Mercer 3-0 on Saturday. JU won 25-19, 25-16 and 25-15.
This is Jacksonville’s second straight weekend sweep, improving to 5-1 in the Atlantic Sun and 14-2 overall. JU stands 5-2 on the road and 5-0 at home.
Mercer drops to 0-6 and 1-15, respectively.
“I am proud of how the team came out focused against Mercer and ready to apply the things we talked about in the locker room,” said head coach Michelle Collier. “We play good defense and our offense grew as the match went."
JU made 14 kills in the first set, 14 in the second and 15 in the third, while Mercer had nine, six and 13, respectively.
Kendall Courtney recorded a match-high 10 digs and Taylor Nyquist followed with nine. Both Gabriela Roman – who earned a .556 attack percentage – and Sammie Strausbaugh tallied double-digit kills with 12 and 10, respectively, for match-highs. Mercer’s Molly Locke and Caroline Carlton each made seven kills and Locke had seven digs.
Jacksonville led in all three matches.
In the first set, the Dolphins held an 11-point lead at 21-10, their largest of the set, before Mercer rallied with four straight points to sit at 14-21. From there, JU scored four to Mercer’s five, but took the win at 25-19 after two straight kills by Strausbaugh and Roman.
The second set saw the Dolphins with another great leap, controlling by 12 at 22-10. The Dolphins recorded three straight from 17-9 to 19-9 on a Nyquist kill and two attack errors, followed by another stretch of scores from 20-10 to 22-10 on a Kylie Jacob kill and two more attack errors. Mercer came back with five straight from 22-11 to 22-15 on one kill, three attack errors and a service ace before JU won 25-16.
The final set was closer than the first two, with JU’s biggest advantage at 20-13, but JU swept the match after winning 25-15.
"Overall [it was] a good weekend for us on the road,” Collier said. “We were able to take care of things on our side of the court and execute some things we have been working on. Now we refocus and get back to the gym on Monday for our next match on Wednesday."
Jacksonville will take on non-conference Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.