Jacksonville, Fla. – USC Upstate freshman outside hitter Cori Harris had a tremendous afternoon, finishing with 21 kills and 13 digs, but Jacksonville came out on top in the A-Sun volleyball tilt, taking a 3-1 victory Saturday afternoon in the River City. The Dolphins claimed the win by scores of 25-12, 25-13, 19-25 and 25-17.
Upstate fell to 7-14 overall and 1-5 on the year with the loss. The Spartans host North Carolina Central in a non-conference match on Wednesday. It will be the only match of the week for Upstate. Jacksonville improved to 11-11 overall and 3-3 in the A-Sun with the win.
Harris, from Champaign, Ill., was simply outstanding on the day. She tallied 21 kills on 44 attacks with nine errors. She finished just three kills shy of her career high and also tallied four aces. Morgan Thomas (Plantation, Fla.) and Kelsie Queen (Blythewood, S.C.) each totaled seven kills for Upstate. Emily Sanders (Sullivan Ill.) tallied a team-high 43 assists and 17 digs for her 14th double-double of the season.
Jacksonville started strong in the first set, building a 5-1 lead early on. Leading 8-5, the Dolphins went on an 11-2 run to open an 18-7 lead and went on for the 13-point victory. Kathryn Kane led the Dolphins with six kills and no errors in the frame.
The second set was a thriller as Upstate brushed off the first set and looked determined to even the match. Harris totaled 10 kills to lead the Upstate attack in the frame, After Jacksonville opened a small three-point advantage at 6-3, Upstate fought back to take an 8-7 lead on Thomas' kill. The set remained very close with the Spartans opening a 15-13 lead.
However, Jacksonville came back to tie the set at 17-17. Upstate managed a 22-19 lead, but three-straight Spartan attacking errors, a Jacksonville ace and another attacking error by the Spartans gave the Dolphins five consecutive points and a 24-22 lead. Upstate got a point back on a kill by Harris to cut the lead to 24-23, but a final attacking error gave Jacksonville the 25-23 win.
After the intermission, Upstate came out and played determined to stay in the match. The Spartans opened the third set with six-straight points to take a 6-0 lead. After Jacksonville cut the lead to five, Upstate opened a 10-point advantage, 18-8. However, the Dolphins would not go away and used an 8-0 run to get within 18-16, but Upstate outscored Jacksonville 7-3 the rest of the way to take the win. Queen had four kills to lead a balanced Spartans attack in the set.
Jacksonville ended the match with a win in the fourth set. The Dolphins broke open a close frame with a 10-2 run midway through the set to take a 19-9 lead. Upstate would only get as close as seen the rest of the way as the Dolphins went on for the 25-17 win in the set to secure the 3-1 win in the match. Brittany Lehman totaled four kills in the set to lead Jacksonville. Harris had five kills for Upstate.
Upstate posted the same number of kills as Jacksonville did in the match, 47, but the difference came in attacking errors. Upstate committed 29 in the match and hit at a .138 percentage. Jacksonville committed just 12 errors and hit at a .292 clip. Jacksonville was also all over the net on the day, coming up with 24 assisted blocks.
Kane and Aidan Yeager led Jacksonville with 10 kills apiece. Kendall Courtney topped the club with 38 assists, while Ashley August collected 12 digs.