SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2000
Volleyball Hands Georgia State First TAAC Loss in 3-0 Victory
Oct. 21, 2000
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior outside hitter Carrie Arago (Orlando, Fla.) had a match-high 20 kills while Kelly Ryals (Gainesville, Fla.) and Jessica Windell (Newport, Ore.) each tallied 18 digs as the Jacksonville University volleyball team defeated TAAC rival Georgia State 3-0 Saturday night in Swisher Gymnasium.
The win improved the Dolphins' record to 12-7 overall and 4-2 in TAAC play. The loss, the first for the Lady Panthers in conference action, dropped Georgia State to 24-8 on the year and 6-1 in the league.
Arago, who also had 11 digs for a double-double, posted a .447 attack percentage during the match with just three errors in 38 attempts. As a team, JU hit .324 (64 kills, 18 errors, 142 attempts) while holding the Lady Panthers to a .213 clip (40 kills, 13 error, 127 attempts).
The Dolphins took an early 4-3 lead in game one, and limited GSU to just two points the rest of the way en route to a 15-5 win. Game two was much of the same as JU jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and never looked back. Georgia State tried to come back, but with the Dolphins holding a 10-4 lead, JU coasted to a 15-9 win.
Game three was a much tougher contest for the Dolphins. Despite taking a 2-0 lead and jumping out to a 6-2 advantage, JU could not put the Lady Panthers away. Georgia State kept the score within two points the rest of the way, but JU would emerge victorious with a hard-fought 15-13 victory.
Anna Popenko led Georgia State with 13 kills while Amanda Sapp was close behind with 10. Molly Sapp led the Lady Panther defense with 14 digs while Popenko tallied 12.
The Dolphins return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 25 when they travel to Orlando, Fla., to take on TAAC foe UCF. That match will be the first of a six-match road swing that has the Dolphins facing two league opponents during that span. The next home match for JU is on Friday, Nov. 10 when the Dolphins play host to TAAC foe Mercer in the season finale.