Eagles Rise Above Falcons

Emma Davis

HUNTINGDON, Pa.- The Juniata women's volleyball team earned their second sweep of the day as they beat Messiah, 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-14), Saturday afternoon in the final match of the Juniata Invitational at Memorial Gymnasium. 

The Eagles completely controlled the opening the set, as they hit .429 and cruised to 25-12 win. 

The second set saw the Falcons jump ahead of the Eagles and lead by as many as eight points, with an Eagle service error making it 16-23. From that point, the Eagles didn't concede another point. Victoria Taylor (Middletown, Del. / Delaware Military Academy) put down two kills around a Moira Folan (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Oakland Catholic HS) ace and Messiah quickly called timeout, but to no avail. A block from Dejia Danhi (Ashburn, Va. / Stone Bridge) and a kill from Brianne Carmody (Midlothian, Va. / James River) made it 23-21 and the Falcons again called a timeout. A block from Taylor and Danhi followed by a solo block from Taylor tied the score. An attack error from the visitors gave JC set point and a block from Danhi and Carmody ended the set, 25-23, in favor of the Eagles. 

Messiah led 5-7 early in the third, but Juniata shut down the idea of extending the match quickly, led by Taylor. A kill from Folan and another from Emma Davis (East Berlin, Pa / Dover Area HS) tied the score before Taylor and Davis combined for a block to give JC the lead back. Taylor followed with another solo block before notching three straight kills and a block assist, again with Davis to make it 13-7. Messiah got as close as four again, 15-11, prior to a bad set and a kill from Carmody along with a Danhi solo block opening the lead back to seven. Juniata took the final three points of the set on a Falcon service error and two more Taylor kills to win, 25-14. 

Carmody made the all-tournament team for the Eagles. 

Brianne Carmody Juniata
Lanae Hunsberger Messiah
Hannah Korslund Johns Hopkins
Kellie McCrea University of Rochester
Eleni Panagopoulos Johns Hopkins

Juniata will return to action, next Saturday at Scranton against Catholic at 2:00 and Scranton at 5:00 in a Landmark Conference Tri-Match.