Volleyball Vexed in ASUN/Big South Challenge

Volleyball Vexed in ASUN/Big South Challenge

KENNESAW, Ga. – Jacksonville University volleyball dropped a pair of matches to Presbyterian and High Point during the ASUN/Big South Challenge, Friday at Kennesaw State's KSU Convocation Center. The Dolphins fell in the opener to Presbyterian, 3-0, and to High Point later in the day, 3-1.

vs. Presbyterian

Tied at 10-10 in the first set, Jacksonville leapt ahead on an 8-2 run with a pair of kills from junior Mallory Mattingly and freshman Giao Huynh. The Blue Hose (1-3) answered with seven straight points to take the lead, 19-18, but the Dolphins tied the game four more times before Presbyterian won the final three points, 25-22.

Jacksonville was unable to quiet the Blue Hose in the second game as Presbyterian took an early 8-2 lead. A 4-1 Dolphin run brought Jacksonville back within three, 9-6, before the Blue Hose scored nine of the next 11 points to put the set out of reach, 18-8. The Dolphins (0-5) made a late four-point rally at game point, but a service error capped the set at 25-16 in favor of Presbyterian.

A pair of five-point runs from Presbyterian (1-3) thwarted JU's chances at a comeback in the third set. Tied at 5-5, the Blue Hose raced ahead with their first 5-0 rally. The teams exchanged the next six points, but PC followed with its second run, a 5-1 streak, to add to their lead, 17-9, before finishing out the set for a 25-17 win.

Graduate student Sara Dyslin led the Dolphins with 10 kills, while senior Lauren Petersen recorded a match-high 19 assists. Junior Mallory Mattingly added 13 digs and five kills in the effort.

vs. High Point

The Dolphins bounced back in the opening set against High Point with a 25-22 win. Though the lead changed hands on seven occasions, including a 22-21 Panther lead, the Dolphins closed out the set on a 4-0 rally with kills from sophomore Hannah Marchand, Petersen, and Dyslin to seal the victory.

Though Jacksonville had seemingly found its mojo, High Point (1-3) put a damper on the second set with an 11-5 lead. A kill from Dyslin followed by a block from Huynh and Mattingly looked to get the Dolphins back on track, but a stingy Panther defense did not allow more than two consecutive Dolphin points the rest of the set as High Point tied the match with a 25-14 win in game two.

Game three saw a 4-2 advantage for the Dolphins to open the set, but a 9-3 rally from High Point swung the momentum in favor of the Panthers. From there, a 9-1 run down the stretch put the set into High Point's hands, 25-16.

More evenly matched in the fourth set, the Dolphins battled point for point with the Panthers throughout the set. Jacksonville came back from a five-point deficit to within two, 20-18, before High Point closed out on a 5-0 run to take the match, 25-18.

Mattingly recorded 11 kills and eight digs to lead the Dolphins, while Dyslin hit .320 and posted 10 kills. Petersen added 24 assists, while junior Tori Reiser led the team with nine digs.

The Dolphins return to action next Friday, Sept. 9 when they travel to Macon, Ga. for the Mercer Bears Classic.