No. 4 Juniata blanks DI Sacred Heart
Madden notches match-high 12 kills to power Eagles to victory
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata hit .460 for the match while holding visiting Sacred Heart to a .062 attack clip, and closed out the 2012 regular season with a 3-0 victory against the Division I Pioneers on Saturday afternoon at the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center.
Set scores for Juniata were 25-23, 25-11, and 25-15.
Juniata (27-9) was paced by outside hitter Ross Madden with 12 kills on 18 swings for a .556 hitting percentage, to go with seven block assists on his way to a team high 16.5 points.
Ben Wolff anchored the Eagles at the net with nine total blocks -- three of which were solos -- to go with seven kills to finish with 13.0 points. Wolff hit .778 for the match, leading a Juniata squad that thoroughly outhit its opponents over the entire match and finished with a .722 attack percentage in the third set.
The Eagles committed just six attack errors over the entire match.
John Almquist and Rob Strauss both set the Eagle attack, with Strauss logging 16 assists while Almquist tallied 11. Defensively, Juniata amassed 23 digs, paced by Mike Kraft with six.
Sacred Heart (5-19) was led by Nick Hunt with 11 kills, but he committed nine errors among his 27 attacks on his way to a .074 hitting percentage. Will LeClerc charted five kills in and Adrian Fernandez turned up nine of the Pioneers' 20 digs in the loss.