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Eagles Top Waynesburg and Gettysburg

(Posted September 4, 2004)

Katie Laucks posted double-digit kill efforts in both matches on the second day of the ASICS Invitational.

Juniata 3, Waynesburg 0
Juniata 3, Gettysburg 0

Huntingdon, Pa. ? The Juniata College women?s volleyball team rebounded from a tough loss the previous night by sweeping the final two matches of the 2004 ASICS Collegiate Invitational in Huntingdon Saturday afternoon. The Eagles topped Waynesburg 30-8, 30-23, 30-14 and then closed the tournament by getting past Gettysburg 30-26, 30-22, 30-22. Juniata is now 3-1 in 2004.

Juniata showed early that there would be no residual effects from Friday night?s loss as the team rolled past Waynesburg in game one. Senior Carli Dale (Cochranton/Cochranton) ran an efficient offense for the match as she piled up 39 assists while the Eagles had just 14 errors as a team attacking. Dale helped Katie Laucks (West York/York) lead the team with 10 kills and added two blocks.

Juniata moved the ball around as three players added five kills in the win. Allie Phillips (Carlisle/Gardners) matched Stephanie Kines (Towson/Towson, Md.) with a team-high three blocks. Kimes was one of the three Eagles with five kills, and earned a spot on the All-Tournament team with her efforts. Also adding to the defense was Dale who passed the squad with 18 digs. Freshman Kelly Popernik (Bartlett/Bartlett, Il.) brought up 13 digs for the Eagle D.

Juniata then put together a solid all-around match against Gettysburg with contributions from some varying sources. Phillips was the top attacker for Juniata as she pounded out 13 kills against just three errors. Laucks was again in double figures with 12 kills, and Katie Charles (Manheim Township/Lancaster) finished with 10.

Juniata?s strength was defense in the game as Dale, Laucks and Tara McMinn (Huntingdon/Huntingdon) combined for 51 of Juniata?s 81 digs in the match. McMinn led the way with a career high 27 digs while Dale chipped in 17 to go with her 47 assists. Juniata?s senior setter is averaging more than 13 digs per match so-far in 2004.

Juniata?s three wins in the tournament also moved Head Coach Larry Bock closer to the magical 1,000 victory plateau. Bock?s career record now stands at 998-167 as he looks to become just the second NCAA volleyball coach to earn 1,000 wins. Bock is already the winningest NCAA women?s volleyball coach regardless of Division.

Juniata will look to get Bock his milestone victory as the Eagles compete at the Ashland Invitational Tournament next weekend.

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