First Serve: River City Rumble Round One - University of North Florida Athletics (2022)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -Round one of the River City Rumble is set for tomorrow as UNF Volleyball hosts Jacksonville at 7 p.m. from the UNF Arena.

The match concludes a three-match home stand for the Ospreys as they near the halfway point in ASUN play.

Saturday night's match marks UNF Volleyball Alumni Night and Youth Volleyball Club Night.

UNF vs. Jacksonville (Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.) | UNF Arena, Jacksonville, Fla.
Match 18: JUSaturday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. | Alumni Night & Youth Volleyball Club Night
Series HistoryUNF leads, 26-17
Social Media / Coverage@OspreyVB | #SWOOPLife| @UNFOspreys

>> North Florida is 15-2 and 4-1 in ASUN play, touting the best winning percentage in the ASUN and the most wins by an ASUN team.
>>The Ospreys have the 10th-best winning percentage of any Division I program.
>> The Ospreys enter with an eight-match winning streak against Jacksonville.
>> The Ospreys haven't lost consecutive games this season.

-Give UNF its ninth consecutive victory against Jacksonville in series history.
-Make UNF 8-1 at home on the season.

The Ospreys will head to Liberty Friday, Oct. 15 and Kennesaw State Sunday, Oct. 17 to conclude the first half of ASUN competition.

Series History
This is the 44th meeting between the crosstown rivals ... UNF leads the all-time series, 26-17 ... North Florida is 15-5 against JU at home ... the Ospreys pace Jacksonville in ASUN games, 19-11 ... UNF is on an eight-match winning streak against Jacksonville ... the last time Jacksonville won a match in the series was Oct. 20, 2017 ... the Ospreys swept JU twice and picked up a 3-1 and 3-2 win against Jacksonville last season ... the first-ever meeting was Oct. 25, 1991.

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Scouting the Opponent
Jacksonville is 4-13 and 1-4 in ASUN play ... the Dolphins have defeated UNCW three times and Bellarmine once ... JU has lost ASUN matches to EKU, Lipscomb, FGCU and Stetson ... the Dolphins are 1-3 in road matches ... Jacksonville is 286th in the nation in hitting percentage and 224th in opponent hitting percentage ... the Dolphins rank 30th in the nation in assists and second in the league ... JU returns spring 2021 kills leader, Jenna McNamara, while losing middle blocker, Sydney Bolding.

TOP 50
For the first time in UNF Volleyball DI history, the Ospreys broke the top 50 in the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball RPI Rankings. North Florida is ranked No. 49 in the NCAA RPI, the 10th highest ranking for a non-Power Five team in the RPI rankings. The Ospreys have the highest ranking for an ASUN team.

LEET (1337)
Rocio Moro is elite at libero, and so are her numbers. Her 1,337 digs is good for sixth all-time in UNF history and third in UNF DI history. Last weekend she surpassed UNF Hall of Famer, Paige Pridgeon. Moro is only nine digs shy of Cari Whitmire's 1,346 digs, despite having played 101 fewer sets. Nicole Baran is the all-time record holder with 1,929 in 475 sets.

Gabby O'Connell picked up another double-double last weekend, notching an 11-kill and 16-dig performance to earn her first such performance of the year and 40th as an Osprey.

Numbers don't lie, and they certainly are validating UNF's 15-2 record this season. The Ospreys rank atop the ASUN in the following categories as a team:
-Winning % (.882, 10th in DI)
-Total Blocks (142, 41st in DI)
-Assists/Set (12.15, 72nd in DI)
-Assists (790, 14th)

The same can be said for individual play:
-Bre Walp (Blocks/Set - 1.32; 32nd in DI)
-Bre Walp (Blocks - 86; 3rd in DI)
-Rocio Moro (Digs - 306; 17th in DI)

UNF swept Seton Hall in the UNF Sunshine Tourney finale Sunday, Sept. 18. The Ospreys posted video game numbers in the match, tallying 22 kills in the first set.
North Florida committed only three attack errors on 51 total attacks, hitting .373. Dariana Hollingsworth-Santana put up six kills in the first set alone.


The 22-kill first set is the most by an Osprey team in a set ending at 25 since UNF put up the same amount in frame one against Bethune-Cookman Oct. 4, 2016.

UNF has been racking up the ASUN Defensive Player of the Week awards this season.So much so that the Ospreys set a conference record for the most ASUN Defensive Player of the Week awards earned in consecutive weeks, winning all four thus far in 2021.

The previous record was three, shared by FGCU and ETSU.

ASUN Defensive Player of the Week Awards:
-Bre Walp (Aug. 30, 2021)
-Rocio Moro (Sept. 7, 2021)
-Rocio Moro (Sept. 13, 2021)
-Bre Walp (Sept. 20, 2021)

Moro also made history for the ASUN after claiming two more ASUN Defensive Player of the Week awards during this fall season. The San Juan, P.R., native is the first player in conference history to earn six ASUN Defensive Player of the Week honors.

If you combine her ASUN Freshman of the Week honors, Moro has tallied 10 weekly awards to go with her Spring 2021 ASUN Defensive Player of the Year honor and Fall 2021 ASUN Preseason Defensive Player of the Year award.

Moro was recognized as a All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention in December of 2019. She's also picked up Spring 2021 ASUN First Team honors and 2019 ASUN All-Freshman squad laurels. The libero is the UNF all-time record holder for career digs/set (5.01).

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Walp's numbers are eye-popping this year as she leads a slew of strong blockers. The middle blocker has 86 blocks, good for the lead league and third in the country. Consistency has been paramount for her as she has put up at least two blocks in every match, while recording five matches with seven blocks or more.

UNF's route to 15 wins is the fastest in the program's DI history. North Florida started the year off with a seven-match winning streak, its longest such winning streak since 2015.

UNF posted a season-best eight-match winning streak between Sept. 10 and Oct. 2.

North Florida's 3-2 win against Virginia Tech was its first victory against a Power Five Team since defeating Ole Miss in 2005. UNF picked up its first-ever win against an ACC team with the win against Virginia Tech. It also nabbed win number one against a Big East Team by downing Seton Hall.

Match-by-match, multiple Ospreys continue to take another step up the rungs on the record book ladder.
-Gabby O'Connell | 1,316 Kills (5th, 2nd in DI)
3,853 attacks (3rd, 2nd in DI)
-Julianna Askew | 2,502 assists (5th, 2nd in DI)
[just surpassed Madilyn McCarty & Abby Fesl for 2nd in UNF's DI history]
9.37 ast/set (4th, 1st in DI)
-Rocio Moro | 1,37 digs 6th, 3rd in DI)
5.01 digs/set (1st, 1st in DI)

Eight times this year UNF has hit over .250 as a team. Conversely, the Ospreys have held its opponents to below .250 in 16 of 17 matches. North Florida is hitting .248 as a team, a .086 difference from its foes .162 mark. The highest a team has hit against UNF was FGCU's .275 tally.

DOUBLE-A BATTERY (Antar & Askew)
Annie Antar and Julianna Askew have been the two-headed attack at setter in UNF's 6-2 operation this season. Antar has tallied four double-doubles, while Askew paces the pair with 6.83 assists/set. Antar has played 53 sets, while Askew has played 64.

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UNF's success has been catalyzed by balance and the variety of options on the court at any given time.
-7 different Ospreys have led a match in kills
-3 Ospreys have led a match in digs
-4 players have paced the team in blocks
-6 different Ospreys led in aces

Gabby O'Connell became UNF's all-time leader in service attempts, reaching 1,591.

KEEPIN' IT 100! (AND 1,000)
With two assists against Seton Hall, Gabby O'Connell reached 100-career assists. She has at least 100 notches in nearly every major stat category besides aces (99).
-Kills (1,316)
-Assists (102)
-Digs (1,181)
-Blocks (159)

While UNF is 7-1 at home this season, the Ospreys are 10-1 in matches played in cities named Jacksonville. The Ospreys swept its weekend in Jacksonville, Ala.
North Florida has picked up at least one sweep in every weekend of volleyball.

UNF is 14-0 when winning the 3rd set this year. The Ospreys have only dropped 14 sets.

UNF has combined to tally 15 double-doubles this year. The Ospreys have had at least one double-double in 13 of 17 matches. Dariana Hollingsworth-Santana leads the team with nine.

UNF is leading the ASUN in blocks with 142. The Ospreys are averaging an impressive 2.18 blocks/set.

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North Florida's 15-2 start has seen a series of "firsts" in program history.
-First win against an ACC Team
-First victory against a Big East Team
-First time hosting a Big East program
-First time going 7-0 to start the season
-Highest RPI ranking (49) in DI history

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