Women’s Golf @ Invitational
Last Monday and Tuesday the JU women’s golf team finished in 10th place in Minneapolis at the Minnesota Invitational.
The first rounds of play starting on Monday led to the the Dolphins improving from twelfth to tenth place with a team total of 645 strokes after two rounds.
Francesca Yong pitching two under par on the course’s front nine went on to lead the Dolphins with a score of 158 over 36 holes and tied for 36th place, according to judolphins.com.
The women’s team finished off the final round on Tuesday matching their second round total of 317.
Holding off a challenge from UC-Irvine, the Dolphins maintained their 10th place finish and Jessica Welsh ended the tournament with a tie for 30th place as JU’s lowest scorer.
JU’s three-round performance of 962 didn’t win them the title, which Kent State took home, but showed a decent effort for the season opener.
“It was a great tournament to start the year,” said Head Coach Jennifer Borocz. “The competition here was likely the best we’ll see all year.”
The women’s team hopes to improve at the next match at the UNCG-Starmount Fall Classic on Sept. 30, in Greensboro, NC.
“It was a decent start for us and now we have a better idea of what we need to work on,” Borocz said.
Volleyball @ Central Florida
The undefeated Dolphins volleyball team became the defeated last Wednesday as they faced off in Orlando against AAC rival Central Florida.
Having their best start since 1978 the Dolphins were ranked first in the Atlantic Sun Conference before losing in a four-series match 3-1 to number two ranked UCF.
“UCF was very effective with their hitting and we had a hard time hanging in there with them,” said Head Coach Michelle Collier. “The team fought hard and I am proud of what we were able to accomplish this pre-season.”
After losing the first set JU came back to tie up the series at one each, but after that UCF dominated the third and fourth with ease knocking off the near perfect Dolphins.
Even with a loss Taylor Nyquist led the Dolphins with 14 kills, Rachel Miller had a match-high 18 digs, and Kylie Jacob recorded a total of six blocks.
The JU volleyball team intends to renew their winning streak against their next opponent Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 20.
“Now it’s back to the gym to prepare for FGCU,” Collier said.
Volleyball @ FGCU
The JU volleyball team got back to winning as the beat Florida Gulf Coast last Friday evening at the Alico Arena in Fort Myers, FL.
Earning the 10th win of the season, the Dolphins swept FGCU in three games by five or more points in each set.
Gabriela Roman recorded a match-high 13 kills and had 22 attacks, while Kendall Courtney recorded a top spot with 41 assist for the night, according to judolphins.com.
JU took control right away in the first set before allowing FGCU to come within one, but quickly separated the margin to break away again and win the set.
The second set was a tighter matchup with neither team able to establish a significant lead until the Dolphins dominated the rest of the set after the last tie at 15.
Hitting consecutive scores to end the last set the Dolphins eased past the Eagles winning the final set 25-19, according to judolphins.com.
JU plans it’s next run against Stetson to end the weekend on Sept. 21, as they try to improve from 10-1 on the season.
M Soccer @FAU
The JU men’s soccer team fell to Florida Atlantic this past Friday evening as they faced off in Boca Raton, FL.
The Dolphins were not intimidated by the number one team in Conference USA and showed great skill in the first half only to let FAU comeback to win the game 2-1.
“We played well tonight,” said Ryan Pratt, head coach. “Well enough to get a more favorable result.”
Senior Nick Rodriguez kickstarted the Dolphins offensive attack striking the first goal in the first eight minutes of play.
JU held the Owls to only two shots until FAU scored in the 42nd minute evening the score to 1-1.
“We have to continue improving and eliminating critical mistakes that lead to goals,” Pratt said. “Our guys played very well tonight and played their hearts out.”
JU had the advantage with eight corner kicks to FAU’s two but Marc Meny put an end to that by hitting the game-winner with 53 minutes on the clock.
JU is looking forward to their next opponent to end the weekend against Florida International.
“We have to put this game behind us and get ready for a good FIU team Sunday night,” Pratt said.
W Soccer vs FIU
The JU women’s soccer team had lady luck on their side this past Friday as they stole a win in overtime against FIU at Southern Oak Stadium.
The Dolphins scored two goals, both of which hit the post or the crossbar as they went in, allowing JU to win the game 2-1.
The first 45 minutes were not much to look at but the best scoring opportunity of the first period came from FIU’s Kim Lopez who shot past JU keeper Sarah Sierra but rose above the crossbar to keep the match even, according to judolphins.com
When the second half kicked off Miranda Fyfe found herself alone down the right side and wasted no time kicking in the ball hitting the crossbar and scoring the first goal of the game giving JU a 1-0 lead.
That same lead would only last for four more minutes as the Panthers pressed harder and kicked in a goal of their own evening the score to 1-1.
This tie would continue to the end of regulation forcing the two teams into overtime.
Sarah Moghadas was the name that saved the day for the Dolphins as she hit the ball inside the left post to deflect it inside the net ending the game in favor of the Dolphins 2-1.
The Dolphins stay home for their next matchup against Furman on Sept. 22 at 2 p.m.
Volleyball @ Stetson
JU volleyball lost their second match in a five-set heartbreaker as Stetson defeated the Dolphins this past Saturday in Deland, FL.
Gabriela Roman led the Dolphins with 17 kills along with Sammie Strausbaugh’s 15 kills and 11 digs.
Stetson also had 17 kills from their own Kaley Melville as well as a match-high 42 attacks, according to judolphins.com.
Stetson started the match by scoring the first point in the with JU following suit evening the score at 1-1, it was close all the way until the end leaving the first set score 25-23 to Stetson.
Both teams went on runs in the second set but the Hatters once again one the set 25-23.
JU fought hard in the third giving life to the Dolphins as they won the next two sets after seemingly gaining some momentum.
Nonetheless the Dolphins still fell to the Hatters in the fifth set after putting on a great comeback effort, the Dolphins face Lipscomb at 7 p.m., this upcoming Friday as well as Northern Kentucky at 4 p.m., this Saturday.
W Soccer vs Furman
With the same overtime situation the Dolpnins faced against FIU, the opposite of luck served JU as they fell in overtime to Furman at Southern Oak Stadium this past Sunday.
With one goal scored for the Dolphins it looked as if it would hold up for a win as they closed in on the last few minutes of the match.
But a goal from Furman in the last 15 minutes of the game tied up the score and forced an inevitable overtime, according to judolphins.com.
The Furman Paladins won off a deflection off a JU player , luck seemed to have switched sides as the Dolphins lost 2-1.
This game didn’t hurt the Dolphins conference record and acted as a learning experience for the Dolphins and not so much a disappointment.
“I’m pleased with our work and our fight and our competitive nature today,” said Brian Copham, head coach. “This is a good team we played against and it was good preparation for us as we head into conference play.”
JU travels to play FGCU on Friday at 7 p.m., as well as match ups with Stetson to end the weekend.