Juniata 3, Wittenberg 2

Nov. 18, 2005

SALEM, VA -- Juniata rallied from a 14-10 fifth-game deficit to defeat Wittenberg 16-14 and win the NCAA Division III Volleyball semifinal match three games to two. With the win, the Eagles will face Wisconsin-Whitewater in the championship game tomorrow at 7:00 p.m.

Wittenberg won the first game 30-26, coming back from a 19-17 deficit to get the win.

The Eagles evened things up with a 30-24 victory in the second game; with the game tied at 21, a Stephanie Kines kill put Juniata ahead and spurred the team on to a 9-3 run to end the game.

In the third game, the Tigers went ahead two games to one with a narrow 30-27 victory, coming back from being behind 26-22 and getting kills from Jan Kehres, Linda Young among others, as part of the late-game rally.

Juniata tied the match at two in game four, winning 30-21 after falling behind 10-5 early on.

In game five, Wittenberg rattled off four consecutive points after the game was tied at ten; but it wasnt enough as the Eagles scored the final six points of the game to get the victory on a kill by Rachel Schatz. Four of the games final five points were off Schatzs kills.

We were fortunate to win a good match, said Juniata coach Larry Bock. Our experience was worth a few extra points out there.

Juniata was led by Schatzs 35 kills while teammate Amber Thomas notched 22 of her own. Abby Leonard and Tara McMinn each had 21 digs in the victory.

Wittenberg s Emily Bell led the Tigers with 15 kills while Kehres and Young chipped in 13 a piece. Kerhes also had a game high 22 digs in a losing effort.

-- Courtesy ODAC