FLORENCE, Ala. – After traversing nearly 3,000 miles over six days for a trio of road trips, the Jacksonville University volleyball team returns to Duval after an impressive week filled with record-setting performances, despite ending in a 3-0 loss at North Alabama Sunday afternoon.
Sara Dyslin led the Dolphins hitting .429 with a team-high 15 kills and four blocks, while Hannah Marchand hit .304 with 10 kills. Both Mallory Mattingly (9 kills, 7 digs) and Lauren Petersen (29 assist, 7 digs) neared double-doubles in the effort.
The Dolphins (5-22, 3-11 ASUN) took a 9-8 lead in the match's opening set as Madison Rayam put away a set from Petersen to give Jacksonville the edge. The hosts found a spark behind a 6-0 rally that extended their lead to a 20-12 advantage and despite trading points down the stretch, the Dolphins were unable to bounce back as the Lions took the opener, 25-15.
The 6-0 run belonged to the Dolphins in the second set, sparked by kills from Mattingly, Natalie Martin, and Dyslin, as JU used the streak early on for an 11-8 lead. With four straight points, including the second of two aces from Tori Resier, the Dolphins extended their lead to 19-13, but with home court advantage, the Lions claimed a 4-0 run of their own to come within two, 19-17. With a two point lead, 22-20, the Dolphins were unable to hold off a late UNA rally as the hosts finished the set with the final five points to take the second set, 25-22.
More evenly matched in the third set, neither team scored more than two consecutive points as North Alabama (3-20, 1-13 ASUN) held a 20-18 lead late in the set. Coming out of a timeout, the Dolphins took three straight points – kills from Petersen and two from Dyslin – for a 21-20 surge. With four of the final five points, the host Lions found a way to steal the third set and the match, 25-23.
The Dolphins close out the regular season at home next weekend, beginning Friday, Nov. 9 with Lipscomb at 7 p.m., followed by a matchup with Kennesaw State on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.