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Juniata Athletics | April 13, 2014

Juniata sweeps Stevenson for CVC title

  Juniata earned at automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Third-ranked Juniata swept No. 13 Stevenson 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-11) in the Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) championship to earn its second consecutive title and an automatic berth to the 2014 NCAA Division III tournament. Juniata dominated in every category as it cruised to its 12th win in 13 matches to improve to 27-4 overall. The Eagles are now 5-1 all-time in the CVC tournament.

It was a complete team effort for the Eagles. Junior Paul Kuhn and sophomore Chad Albert tied for the match-high of eight kills. Albert hit a match-best .700 after recording his eight on just 10 swings with only one error.

Sophomore Matt Elias earned a match-high 29 assists. For his play during the weekend, the setter was voted the tournament's most outstanding player for the second consecutive year. He averaged more than 11 assists per set. Joining him on the all-tournament team was Albert and senior Alex McColgin. McColgin finished second on the team in kills, averaging 2.80 per set, and second in total blocks just one behind junior Joe Bortak at 14. This marked Albert's first all-tournament nod and McColgin's second.

The Eagles will now wait to see where they are seeded in the national tournament. Because Juniata is hosting the 2014 NCAA Division III championship, the Eagles will have another chance to play in front of a home crowd. The selection show will air Monday at 10 a.m. ET on NCAA.com. With a 23-3 in-division record, the Eagles are second in the west region.

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