JU, Lipscomb and Stetson Celebrate Big #ASunVB Weekends

Saturday, September 07, 2013

MACON, Ga. – Three Atlantic Sun Conference volleyball teams – Jacksonville, Lipscomb and Stetson – finished the weekend undefeated and claimed the championships of their respective tournaments.

Jacksonville continued its torrid start to the 2013 season, winning two more matches on Saturday to improve to 6-0 on the season. The Dolphins swept Charleston Southern (25-16, 25-22, 25-15) on Friday, then followed with another sweep of Mississippi Valley State (25-8, 25-15, 25-12) and a 3-1 victory against Florida Atlantic (17-25, 25-20, 27-25, 25-20) to claim the Hilton Garden Inn Invitational title on Saturday.

Three Dolphins were selected to the All-Tournament team, including MVP Sammie Strausbaugh.

Hilton Garden Inn Invitational All-Tournament Team:

Halle Clark- Mississippi Valley State

Meredith Parrott- Charleston Southern

Kristi Tekavec- Florida Atlantic

Katarina Stepanovic- Florida Atlantic

Kylie Jacob- Jacksonville

Kendall Courtney- Jacksonville

(MVP) Sammie Strausbaugh- Jacksonville

The Dolphins return to action on Thursday and Friday at the FIU Invitational. JU will meet FIU on Thursday night, before playing two matches with South Dakota State and Chattanooga on Friday.

 

Lipscomb hosted Samford, South Alabama and Jacksonville State in the 2013 Lipscomb Invitational. The Lady Bisons did not drop a set over the weekend, sweeping the OVC's Gamecocks (25-20, 25-13, 25-15) and the SoCon's Bulldogs (25-21, 25-13 and 25-14) on Friday and South Alabama (25-13, 25-18 and 25-19) on Saturday to close out the event sponsored by Marriott Courtyard-Brentwood.

The Lady Bisons are now 4-2 and recorded a few impressive individual performances. Middle blocker Jewell Dobson continued her offensive domination with a match high 14 kills. She posted a .571 hitting percentage and was named the tournament MVP.

Also on the all-tournament team for the Purple and Gold were setter Caitlin Dotson, libero Bri McCombs and outside hitter Lauren Ford. Dotson had 37 assists, six digs and two kills. McCombs tied for the match high in digs with 12. Ford chipped in with 10 kills and a .360 hitting percentage.

Rounding out the all-tournament team were Chelsi Carter and Michaela Reesor from Samford, Nicole Merget from Jacksonville State and Symone Stephenson from South Alabama.

The Lady Bisons are back on the road Friday and Saturday when they play in the Hokie Classic hosted by Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. The Lady Bisons will play Virginia Tech at 5 p.m. Friday. Saturday they will face Duquesne at 9:30 a.m. and William & Mary at 4 p.m.

 

Stetson, picked 10th in the preseason coaches' poll, captured the 2013 Stetson Westin Classic title with a 3-1 victory over Providence and a 3-0 triumph over Savannah State Saturday afternoon at the Edmunds Center.

The Hatters (5-3) went a perfect 4-0 in the two-day tournament and have posted their first four-game winning streak since 2007. Additionally, the Hatters have also now surpassed last year's win total.

Three of Stetson's four victories were sweeps against Savannah State (25-16, 25-12, 25-11; 25-11, 25-9, 25-15) and Bethune-Cookman (25-16, 25-10, 25-13). Kaley Melville and Kayla Weller were named co-Most Valuable Players for the tournament, while Madison and Akins and Hawks joined Melville and Weller on the all-tournament team.

The tournament championship was decided in Stetson's first match of the day against Providence. The teams split the first two sets and Stetson held a 12-10 lead in the third when Hawks recorded four consecutive blocks, one with Melville and three with Akins. That was part of a 6-0 run that helped Stetson take the third set 25-19. Stetson went on to an easy 25-14 win in the fourth set.

Akins led the way with 14 kills while Erika White added 12 and Tiffany Creamer chipped in 11. Weller collected 48 assists and 16 digs. Stetson hit a blistering .411 against Savannah State, posting 36 kills in 73 attempts with just six errors. Hawks (8-0-12, .667), Melville (9-0-16, .562), Creamer (3-0-4, .750), and Prewitt (8-1-17, .412) all had high attack percentages. Freshman Danika Yoder picked up a season-best 18 assists.

Stetson will return to action next weekend at the Lion Classic in Hammond, La.