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Volleyball Falls to Top-Ranked Juniata in NCAA Regional Semifinals

HUNTINGDON, PA — Juniata looked every bit the top-ranked team in the country as it topped Frostburg State 3-0 in the semifinals of the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament Friday night. Game scores were 30-15, 30-10 and 30-18.

Juniata, which has made 23 straight NCAA appearances and boasts four national runner-up appearances, improved to 37-0 with its 29th sweep of the year.

The Eagles will face Eastern College Saturday night in the regional championship with a berth in the NCAA national quarterfinals on the line.

The Bobcats, who had their 15-match winning streak snapped, finish the season with a 31-4 overall record.

FSU's four losses ties for the fewest defeats in the program's 10-year history, matching the record set by the 1998 (36-4) and 2000 (34-4) squads.

Juniata jumped out to an early 7-2 lead in game one and never looked back, eventually building a 25-11 advantage before winning 30-15.

In game two, the Eagles opened with an 8-3 spurt and later took a commanding 25-8 cushion before cruising to the 30-10 victory.

Juniata came out quickly again in game three, but this time Frostburg State bounced back.

Trailing 9-5, the Bobcats got kills from sophomore Carly McDonald (Owings, Md./Northern), senior Kelli Bumgarner (Chesapeake Beach, Md./Calvert) and sophomore Kimberly Embrey (Sumerduck, Va./Liberty) as well as another winner from McDonald to close to within 11-7.

The Eagles pushed their lead to 22-10, but the Bobcats responded again, using a 6-0 run to force Juniata to call a time out. A pair of kills and an ace from senior Danielle Hart carried Juniata home to the 30-18 clincher.

Hart led the Eagles with 14 kills, while sophomore Katie Laucks added eight kills and seven aces. Junior Carli Dale dished out 36 assists and directed Juniata’s offense to an impressive .446 attack percentage (45 kills and just eight errors).

Junior Lauren Petrick (Denton, Md./North Caroline) led the Bobcats with seven kills, while junior Jodi Carpenter (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) added four kills and FSU's lone block.

Junior Carrie Ness (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) dished out 10 assists, and junior Sam Seyfferth (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) led the team with nine digs.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780