JU Surges Past Mercer After Tough Loss

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The Jacksonville University’ women’s Volleyball team got back on the winning path after a five set victory (17-25, 25-23, 25-20, 18-25, 15-8) over Mercer in the Swisher gym Saturday.

JU (4-16, 2-5), coming off a five set loss to Kennesaw St, got big time efforts from freshman Sammie Strausbaugh and junior Kendall Courtney. Strausbaugh had 14 kills and 19 digs and Courtney had 50 assists and 18 digs.

“We were more consistent this afternoon,” JU head coach Michelle Collier said. “Today we didn’t let them off the hook with mistakes like we did last night. Everyone had a hand in this win. This is a good type of win for us as we return to the road.”

Mercer (7-10, 3-4) was led by Jamie Duffy who tallied 16 kills. Carolina Carlton and Molly Locke each had 15 and Jennifer Katona had 12.

The Dolphins fell behind 13-4 early and could not muster enough offense to win the first set losing 25-17. In the second and third set, JU was able to begin pulling away little by little as they won 25-23 and 25-20. The Dolphins were down 16-15 in the fourth when the Bears broke out onto a 5-2 run carrying them to the set victory.

In the fifth and final set, Mercer got out to an 8-7 lead off of a service error. JU bounced back with eight unanswered points of their own to seal the set and match victories.

The Dolphins head away from the friendly confines of the Swisher Gym to take on East Tennessee State in Johnson City, Tenn. on Friday. The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m.

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