Stetson Defeated

Women's Volleyball Takes Down Rival

Keeler_Volleyball (5)On Nov. 14, Friday evening, Jacksonville University defeated their conference rival Stetson University at home in the Swisher Gymnasium 3-1.

The Dolphins’ record is now 15-13 overall, and 6-7 in conference.

Junior Sammie Strausbaugh recorded her 1,000th career dig this month. She is also the all-time kills leader in JU history.

Freshman Olga Nushtayeva had eight total blocks and Junior Ana Gabriella Nieto-Gomez had six total blocks and five kills.

In first and second sets Stetson quickly took the lead, however in the first set JU recovered quickly and claimed that set as their own. They were unable to complete the comeback in the second set and fell just a little short as Stetson won 25-19.

The third set was a tug-of-war. Jacksonville came out on top, winning with one kill by Emily Laskelle and another kill by Ana Nieto-Gomez.

Jacksonville led the way in the fourth set and won with a 25-20 victory.

The Dolphins carried the momentum from the win against Stetson into the following day’s game and defeated Florida Gulf Coast University in five sets.

Saturday evening in Swisher Gymnasium, the Dolphins extended their record to 16-13, 7-7. FGCU is now 19-10, 11-3. Once the Dolphins beat FGCU, they secured the third seed in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.

Junior Sammie Strausbaugh had 17 kills, 18 digs and four blocks. This is also her sixth straight match double – double. Freshman Olga Nushtayeva led on the defensive end with seven total blocks, and sophomore Rachel Miler had a game high of 25 digs.

The first and second set FGCU claimed as theirs with a wins of 25-18 and 25-15 respectively.

The third set, JU had a turn around and came back winning 24-19 with a kill by Olga Nushtayeva.

The fourth set was close, JU fought and won 25-13.

JU held nothing back in the fifth and final set and won 14-10 with a winning kill by Sammie Strausbaugh.