Juniata sweeps Trinity (Texas) in first round of NCAA tournament
The Eagles (25-11) led by as many as 18 points in the final game, hitting .423 as a team, to advance to the next round. This is Juniata's 32nd consecutive first round win. They are now 98-37 all-time in the NCAA tournament.
Juniata out-killed, out-aced, out-dug and out-blocked the Tigers.
"Yeah, we were all really fired up, ready to go," Kepler said. "I think first round we wanted to make a statement and we did that, so that was great for us."
The Eagles (25-11) led by as many as 18 points in the final game, hitting .423 as a team, to advance to the next round.
Juniata scored six consecutive points to start the match. Trinity then made a run and tied the score up at 7-all. Freshman Karlie Christian blocked an attack by Kelsey Daniel to put the Eagles up 8-7. A kill from junior Amy Miller put the Eagles up 18-12. Juniata outscored the Tigers 7-3 to take the first game 25-15.
Trinity scored first in game two, but Juniata scored six consecutive points again to go ahead 6-1. They never led by fewer than three points for the remainder of the game, winning 25-16.
The Eagles then started game three strong. Ahead 9-1, Trinity sided-out to end the run, but the Eagles then ran 19 consecutive points before Trinity could earn its third point of the game. Juniata would go on to win the game 25-8 to close the match.
The Eagles will play No. 4 Emory on Saturday