HUNTINGDON, Pa. – Sophomore Luke Lawatsch had 10 kills in 13 attempts and senior Robert Kraft added nine kills and five blocks for Nazareth on Friday as the second-ranked Golden Flyers recorded a three-set sweep of third-ranked Juniata in a non-conference men’s volleyball match. Scores were 25-20, 26-24, 25-22.
Nazareth kept its perfect record intact at 16-0, while Juniata dropped to 12-6.
The Golden Flyers got 12 kills from freshman Tim Zyburt, nine from freshman Grant Levermore and six from sophomore Brody Cord. Senior setter EJ Wells-Spicer had 42 assists.
Nazareth trailed early in the first set before rallying to take control. Zyburt had seven kills in eight attempts and Wells-Spicer had 17 assists in the first set. Nazareth hit .850 in the set with 18 kills against just one hitting error in 20 swings.
The second set was tighter and found Nazareth trailing 24-23 following a Zyburt attacking error. Nazareth took the set by scoring the next three points as Kraft recorded a kill and then teamed with sophomore Nick McDonagh for blocks on the final two points.
The third set was tied at 17 before Nazareth scored three consecutive points, including another kill by Kraft, to pull away. Lawatsch and Zyburt each had kills to bring Nazareth closer to victory. A service error enabled Nazareth to gain the 24th point, then Kraft and senior Alex Houghtalen combined for a block on match point. Kraft had four kills and three blocks in the final set and Lawatsch added four more kills.