GETTYSBURG, PA –
Katie Laucks had 14 kills and Juniata recorded an impressive .358 hitting percentage in a 3-0 sweep of Frostburg State in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Semifinals Friday afternoon at Gettysburg College’s Bream Gymnasium.
Game scores were 30-15, 30-17 and 30-20.
The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in the AVCA national poll, improve to 33-3 on the year and advance to the region final against either Gettysburg or Eastern Saturday.
The Bobcats finish their season at 30-6. It is FSU’s sixth 30-win campaign in the last eight years.
Frostburg State opened a quick 2-0 lead in game one on a block and kill by senior Jodi Carpenter (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore), but Juniata countered with six of the next eight points to take a 6-4 advantage. The Bobcats pulled to within 6-5 and 7-6 before the Eagles pushed their cushion to 13-9.
Following a Bobcat timeout, Juniata went on an 11-3 surge to create a 24-12 advantage before scoring six of the final seven points to close out the 30-15 victory.
The Eagles hit an impressive .472 in the opener, nailing 19 kills and making just two hitting errors, while the Bobcats hit just .030, recording nine kills and committing eight errors.
Juniata came out firing in game two, taking an early 5-0 lead, but a kill by sophomore Kelly May (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) and a service ace by Carpenter sparked a brief 3-1 Bobcat run to make it a 6-3 contest. However, the Eagles went on a 13-2 run to take a 19-5 advantage and never looked back.
Frostburg State used a modest 6-2 spurt to close to within 21-11, but Juniata continued to hold the Bobcats at bay and went on to the 30-17 win.
The Bobcats came out with renewed energy in game three and ran out to a 5-1 advantage before the Eagles stormed their way back, turning an 8-4 deficit into a 12-10 lead.
FSU closed to within a single point on a combined block by Carpenter and senior Carrie Ness (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key), but Juniata reeled off four quick points to take a 16-11 advantage.
Frostburg State hung tough, scoring three straight points to pull to within two, but the Eagles were simply too strong. Juniata tallied four consecutive points and seven of the next nine winners to open a 23-16 advantage and closed out the match with a 7-2 run.
Senior Lauren Petrick (Denton, Md./North Caroline) finished with seven kills and seven digs, while Carpenter added six kills and five block assists. May had five kills, while Ness posted 23 assists.
“We had a good season, and it’s too bad we ran into Juniata this time of the year again,” said Head Coach Jeff Billington. “I thought we represented Frostburg State and the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference well.”
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303