WEDNESDAY, JULY 05, 2000
Dolphins Post Third Straight Victory
November 12, 1999
Macon, Ga. - Jacksonville University (15-10, 7-1) overcame a poor serving performance to post their third straight conference victory with a 3-1 (15-7, 15-7, 6-15, 15-11) decision over Mercer (3-25, 2-7) in TAAC volleyball action here Thursday night. The victory for the Dolphins was their 12th out of the last 16, following a 3-6 start to the 1999 season.
Sophomore Carrie Arago continued her push for Conference MVP honors with a match-high 22 kills and a .655 hitting percentage in the match. Arago, who leads the TAAC in kills per game, aces per game and is among the digs per game leaders, also added a team-high 10 digs and three aces. The 22 kills by Arago bested the Bears team total as JU held Mercer to a season opponent low 16 kills and a -.044 team hitting percentage.
The Dolphins defense came at just the right time as Jacksonville struggled with their serve for the second straight match. JU committed 21 service errors against Mercer, duplicating their season-high posted in the team's last match versus Jacksonville State. Ranked among the nation's top five in service aces per game entering last week, the Dolphins recorded only nine aces to go along with their 21 errors.
Six other players joined Arago in the kill column, led by junior Juanita Barb's nine and senior Kelly Hickam's eight. Sophomore setter Carrie Bosworth chipped in with six kills, posted 25 assists and matched Arago's 10 digs. Mercer was led by Amy Schreiber's five kills, as only two Bear players had positive hitting percentages in the match.
Jacksonville will stay on the road to close out their regular season with a TAAC showdown Saturday night at Georgia State. The Panthers, picked second in TAAC preseason polls, will enter the 7:00 P.M. match with the Dolphins needing a win to avoid being the number six seed in the TAAC's six-team post season tournament. A win by Georgia State moves them into the number four seed, while JU has already wrapped up a number two seed and a first round tournament bye.