LORETTO, Pa. — For the second consecutive night, Saint Francis (Pa.) picked up a win on its home court, this time by sweeping No. 4 Juniata 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-23) on Friday evening.
In the opening set, both the Red Flash (3-6) and Eagles (7-4) scored a majority of their points off of blocks. With the Eagles up 6-5, SFU went on a 6-1 run to jump ahead in the early part of the set. Juniata answered with a run of its own, registering eight of ten points to move ahead 20-17. However, the Flash scored four points in a row to then take the lead 21-20 and finished out the set with a solid kill from senior Alex Kane that gave them the 1-0 advantage in the match.
SFU got off to a flying start in the next set, building up its largest lead of the match after taking an 18-9 advantage. The Eagles would not go down easy though and started to tighten the score before St. Francis head coach Mike Rumbaugh called a timeout. Ultimately, two unforced errors by Juniata provided the Flash with enough points to take the set and hold a commanding 2-0 lead heading into the third set.
Set number three proved to be the most back and forth between the two schools. In all there would be seven lead changes as the set approached the halfway mark and nine total in the set. The Flash had three chances at set and match point before finally came through thanks to a strong put down from Kane.
Kane tallied a match-high 13 kills and along with Logan Patterson’s 12 kills, they were the only players in the match with double-digit figures in that respective category. Patterson along with Adam Roche each recorded four total blocks, with one solo going to Roche. Ryan Williams racked up 35 assists for the Red Flash in the victory