NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After battling injury last season, sophomore Madison Rayam made her collegiate debut for the Jacksonville University volleyball team Saturday afternoon as the Dolphins yielded a 3-0 decision to ASUN Conference contender Lipscomb, 3-0, at Allen Arena.
Rayam, hailing from Alabaster, Ala., appeared in the third set and recorded a kill in her first match for the Dolphins.
Jacksonville was led by junior Mallory Mattingly's seven kills and seven digs, while graduate student Sara Dyslin posted five kills. Junior Natalie Wehner led the Dolphins with eight digs, while graduate student Hailey Devlin put up a solo block.
The Dolphins held the Bisons within two points, 9-7, through the first set but Lipscomb bookended a Jacksonville timeout with a decisive 6-0 run extend its lead, 16-8. Five of the final six points fell in favor of the hosts for a 25-13 Lipscomb win.
Another competitive start highlighted the second set as Jacksonville saw back-to-back kills from sophomore Hannah Marchand and Mattingly to bring the Dolphins within three, 11-8. Though the Dolphins stayed within reach, it was Lipscomb's final 6-0 push that put the set away, 25-12.
Rayam's kill opened up scoring for the Dolphins in the third set, but an early 11-1 deficit put a damper on the occasion. However, the Dolphins battled back with a 4-0 run behind kills from Dyslin and Mattingly, but the Bisons ran away with the match, 25-10.
Jacksonville returns home to Swisher Gymnasium this Tuesday, October 16 for a matchup with Stetson at 7 p.m.