Hatters Sweep Jacksonville for Eighth Straight Win

Hatters Sweep Jacksonville for Eighth Straight Win

DELAND, Fla. (gohatters.com) -- At home, on the road, or down the road, it doesn't seem to matter lately where the Hatters play.

Stetson turned in another masterful performance in a 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-19) sweep of Jacksonville Wednesday night at the DeLand High School Gymnasium.

The Hatters (10-11, 7-4 ASUN) set a single-season school record with their eighth win in a row and moved into a tie for fourth place in the ASUN standings.

"I think we played really clean, great volleyball," Stetson head coach Yang Deng said.  "I told them that having confidence and staying poised all the way through the game is very important to us.  This is some kind of great volleyball I have been looking for, and I am very proud of how they all performed."

With the Edmunds Center still closed from the Oct. 22 fire, Wednesday's match was held at DeLand High School. The change in venue did not slow down the Hatters, who hit .426 for the match and had three players in double figures in kills.

"We are connecting really well right now," senior Brianna Schmid said.  "We feel really good."

Schmid helped lead the offense with 10 kills, no errors, and a .769 attack percentage.  Fellow middle Kaylee Oscarson also hit .700 (7-0-10) on the night.

"Emily did a great job of distributing the ball, and to have both middles hitting over .700 without an error is awesome," Deng said.

Elena Djokovic led the team with 13 kills while Eva Deisa added 11.  Emily DeStaffino dished out 41 assists while Chelcie Spence picked up 11 digs. Stetson also served seven aces in the match, including the game-winner from Schmid.

Mallory Mattingly had 15 kills to lead the Dolphins (7-18, 3-8).

After going 2-10 in August and September, the Hatters finish the month of October with an 8-1 mark.  The one loss came on Oct. 5 to FGCU, a team Stetson will face again on Friday night in Fort Myers.  The Eagles are in first place and have won 12 in row.

The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.