SAVANNAH, Ga. – After finishing last weekend 1-for-2, the Jacksonville University volleyball team earned its 21st win of the season Wednesday night, sweeping non-conference Savannah State University, 3-0 [25-14, 25-16, 25-16].
The Dolphins improve to 21-3 overall and 8-3 on the road, while staying 10-2 in the Atlantic Sun.
Jacksonville outnumbered Savannah State in most categories, recording 27 kills to 23, a .286 hitting percentage to .056, nine service aces to four, and 8.0 total blocks to 3.0.
The Dolphins hit .263 in the opening set compared to the Tigers’ .143. They held an 11-5 lead after five straight points from one service error, a Taylor Nyquist kill and three consecutive attack errors. The Fins controlled a double lead at 14-7, recorded four straight from 21-13 to 24-13 and won 25-14 on a service error.
Jacksonville’s momentum rolled into the second and third games for the sweep, hitting .348 and .238, respectively, compared to .136 and -.143. The Fins led 10-5, 13-7 and 18-11 in the second before earning the final three points for a 25-16 win on two attack errors and a bad set. The third saw JU hold an 11-4 advantage from four attack errors, three service aces, two kills, one bad set and one service error. Savannah State came within seven at 23-16 after a kill and bad set before JU took the match 25-16 on two final kills from Emily Laskelle and Lauren Homrich.
Four Dolphins hit above .500 on the night. Kylie Jacob led with .556 (6-for-9), while Laskelle (6-for-10), Alyssa Robertson (5-for-8) and Sammie Strausbaugh (1-for-2) each hit .500. Both Homrich (5-for-10) and Nyquist (2-for-5) followed with a .400 attack percentage. Robertson tied a former career-high with three service aces and Jizzian Gesualdo recorded two. Defensively, Mayara Prestes led with seven digs, while Jacob, Laskelle, Gabriela Roman, and Lyndsey Lane all tallied three block assists. The latter was a career-high for Lane.
Next, Jacksonville returns to conference competition Friday night when the Fins host cross-town rival UNF at 7 p.m.