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JUNIATA COLLEGE SPORTS ROUND-UP

(Posted November 20, 2000)

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL (33-8, 7-0 Commonwealth): Dec. 1 vs. Wis-Whitewater, NCAA Semifinals at

Central (IA); Dec. 2 vs Central or Washington (MO), NCAA Champ or Third-Place Match at Central (IA).

Juniata is headed back to the NCAA Division III semifinals/finals after knocking off visiting Cortland State on Saturday evening, 15-5, 15-10, 14-16, 15-8, in the quarterfinal round of this year's post-season tournament. It marked the eighth time in the history of the Juniata-Cortland series that the Eagles ended the season for the Red Dragons in the NCAA playoffs. The blue and gold now owns a 19-1 lead in the all-time series with Cortland. The win moved the Eagles in the semifinal/final round of the national tournament for the 16th time. The College Hill squad will now take on Wisconsin-Whitewater on Friday, December 1 in the semifinals at Central (IA). The host institution and Washington (MO) make up the rest of the semifinal/final field. Freshman outside hitter Johanna Holtan (Fargo North/Fargo, ND) led Juniata with 22 kills, 15 digs and two aces against Cortland. Junior outside hitter Brandy Workinger (Dallastown/Dallastown) finished with 18 kills on 34 tries and a .412 hitting percentage. She also had a match-high 18 digs, three blocks and three assists. Sophomore middle hitter Niki Mueller (Bishop Guilfoyle/Altoona) added in 17 kills and four rejections, while sophomore setter Jesse Woods (Bothell/Seattle, WA) had 48 assists and 10 digs..

MEN'S BASKETBALL (2-0): Nov. 21 at Pitt-Greensburg.

Juniata hosted the Adelphia/Doc Greene Tournament this past Saturday and Sunday and took first place in the outing for the first time since the 1992-93 season. The Eagles are also off to a 2-0 start for the first time since the 1990-91 campaign. On Saturday, Juniata defeated Stevens Tech, 89-75. Junior forward Dave Reddick (North Hills/Franklin) and junior guard Brian Dietrich (Wilson/Wyomissing) led four Juniata players in double figures with 17 points each. Reddick also ripped down 15 boards and had two assists, while Dietrich was 9 of 10 from the foul line and had three assists. Junior guard Shane Crandall (North Alleghany/Doylestown) finished with 16 points, including a 13 of 14 showing at the charity stripe, and three assists. Senior forward Nathan Hager (Franklin/Franklin) tallied 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Freshman forward Ben Gallagher (Butler/Butler) added in four points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists. On Sunday, Gallagher led the Eagles to a 63-59 win over Staten Island in the championship contest. He posted a game-high 16 points, including an 8 of 10 effort at the foul line. He nailed three of four free throws in the final 33 seconds to seal the victory. Gallagher also had five rebounds, three steals, two assists and one blocked shot, and was named the most valuable player of the tournament. Reddick had five points and seven rebounds, while Crandall finished with 13 points. Both Reddick and Crandall were named to the all-tournament team. Hager added in 10 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal, while freshman forward Josh Tyler (Bellwood-Antis/Altoona) had seven points and seven boards.



WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (1-1): Nov. 21, Carnegie Mellon.

The Eagles opened the 2000-01 season at the Emmanuel College Tournament by placing third in the four-team field. Juniata lost its first game, 54-46, to Catholic on Saturday. Junior guard Kelly Grove (Penns Valley/Spring Mills) netted 10 points, and had three rebounds and three steals to lead the Eagles. Junior forward Carrie Serman (Norwin/Irwin) tallied nine points and had two assists, while junior forward Brandy Preslovich (Bald Eagle Area/Moshannon) tossed in seven points and had eight rebounds before leaving the game with 11:00 to play with a wrist injury. Sophomore guard Kelli Young (United/Vintondale) posted seven assists and three points. On Sunday, the Eagles got past Thomas (ME), 60-52, in the consolation game. Grove ended the day with 11 points, as did Serman, who also pulled down four rebounds and had two steals. Young added in nine points, six rebounds and two assists. Sophomore center Kelly Steinbeiser (Altoona/Altoona) had seven points and five rebounds, while sophomore guard/forward Melissa Flint (Port Allegany/Port Allegany) led the team in rebounds with 11 and also scored six points.

WOMEN'S SWIMMING (2-2, 2-2 MAC): Nov. 29, Mansfield.

The Eagles began the past three-meet week on Friday with a 112-78 loss at defending Middle Atlantic Corporation (MAC) champion Albright. Sophomore Alissa Schneider (Mililani/Mililani, HI) placed first in the 200-yard butterfly (2:19.96), while freshman Kim Allen (Susquehanna Township/Harrisburg) touched the wall first in the 200-yard breaststroke in a pool record time of 2:29.15, breaking the old Albright tank standard of 2:31.00. In addition, sophomore Cyndi Long (Emmaus/Emmaus) placed second in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a Juniata school record time of 11:35.46. The 200-yard medley relay unit of Schneider, Long, Allen and freshman Danielle Irwin (Altoona/Altoona) took second in another blue and gold record of 1:56.84. Juniata evened its record with a pair of wins on Saturday at Lebanon Valley. The Eagles defeated the hosts, 67-27, and knocked off Drew, 61-34. Schneider won both the 100-meter backstroke (1:11.87) and the 200-meter freestyle (2:16.89) against both teams and was on the 200-meter medley relay unit that took first versus Lebanon Valley and Drew and bettered its school record from Friday evening (1:56.36). Allen took top honors in the 200-meter individual medley (2:39) and the 100-meter breaststroke (1:19.33), while Irwin was first in the 100-meter butterfly (1:10.93) and the 50-meter freestyle (28.97). Allen, Irwin and Long were on the 200-medley relay unit. Long also won the 100-meter freestyle (1:04.63). Senior Leslie Stewart (Tyrone/Tyrone) placed first against Lebanon Valley and second versus Drew in the 800-meter freestyle (10:58.65). The 200-meter freestyle relay team of Long, junior Jenn Dorsch (Gov. Thomas Johnson/Frederick, MD), junior Erinn Soule (Manheim Township/Lititz) and freshman Anne Gaynor (Chenango Forks/Chenango Forks, NY) copped top honors on the day as well (1:59.95).

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.