The Juniata men’s volleyball team swept Lakeland (25-11, 2517, 25-15) Saturday afternoon at Pam Evans Smith Arena to wrap up their opening weekend at Wittenberg College in the 2020 Jim Coleman Invitational.
The opening set saw Juniata open up a small lead, with a service error cutting into their lead, 10-7. A kill from Michael Young, a block from David Hibner and Sean Cavanagh, a kill from Joe Fick followed by a block from Hibner and Robert Bowling, two errors by the Muskies, another Fick kill, and one more Lakeland attack error blew the game open as Juniata’s lead ballooned to 11. The Eagles cruised the rest of the way, with a kill from Max Cooley ending set one 25-11.
The second set was the closest of the match, with Lakeland hanging close most of the way with a kill pulling them within three, 20-17. But that was their final points of the set as Juniata tallied the final five points with Jordan Orth-Moore’s kill ending it 25-17.
The Eagles never trailed in the third set, maintaining a small lead midway through with two straight errors bringing the Muskies within four, 14-10. A kill from Kevin Duffy, an ace from Will Phelan, a kill from Cooley, another Phelan ace along with a kill from Austin Goodsel gave Juniata some breathing room. The teams traded points for a while with Lakeland narrowing the lead to seven off a kill and an attack error at 22-15. A kill from Orth-Moore and a Muskie attack error put JC at match point before a kill from Phelan ended the match.
Bowling was named to the all-tournament team for his strong play over the weekend.
The Eagles come home to take on defending national champion and the current No.1 team in the country, SUNY New Paltz, Friday at 7:30 p.m.