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Volleyball Claims Two Wins On First Day Of Tourney

(Posted October 29, 2004)

Katie Laucks led Juniata in kills in both of the team\'s wins on the first day of competition at the Trinity National Invitational.

Juniata 3, Ohio Northern 0
Juniata 3, Texas Lutheran 0

San Antonio, Tx. ? After ascending to the top spot in the AVCA/CSTV Division III poll earlier in the week, the Juniata College women?s volleyball team proved the promotion was deserved as the Eagles dispatched a pair of tough competitors by 3-0 scores on the first day of competition at the Trinity University (Tx.) National Invitational in San Antonio, Texas Friday evening. Juniata defeated sixth-ranked Ohio Northern 3-0 in the night cap, and earlier in the day dispatched Texas Lutheran by a similar 3-0 score. The wins improve Juniata?s record to 27-3 on the year.

The win over Ohio Northern was Juniata?s fourth win of the season over teams ranked in the Division III top-25. Juniata handed the Polar Bears by game scores of 30-21, 30-18 and 30-17. Three of Juniata?s wins over ranked opponents this season have come in three-game sweeps.

Katie Laucks (West York/York) and Erin Wisor (Altoona/Altoona) both had strong matches for Juniata with the pair each knocking out a team-high 13 kills. Laucks also led the unit with two aces. Lindsey Habel (Glen Oak/Canton, Ohio) also had a pair of aces. Setter Carli Dale (Cochranton/Cochranton) dished out 48 assists in directing the Eagle offensive attack.

Defensively Stephanie Kines (Towson/Towson, Md.) had a pair of blocks to lead the team. And libero Kelly Popernik (Bartlett/Bartlett, Il.) brought up a team-high 15 digs.

Juniata controlled the match against Texas Lutheran, taking the contest by game scores of 30-22, 30-25 and 30-17.

Dale not only ran an efficient offense from her setter spot with 38 assists, she also tied for the team-high with nine kills. Laucks also posted nine kills for Juniata and tossed in a team-best three aces.

Abby Leonard (Shade/Johnstown) was tops with 14 digs, while Habel and Allie Phillips (Carlisle/Gardners) had two blocks apiece for the Eagles.

The Eagles will close out the regular season tomorrow with a pair of matches at the Invitational. Juniata will tangle with 10th-ranked and host Trinity University, along with a match against St. Olaf College (Mn.).

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