Men’s Volleyball Splits On Second Day of Juniata Invitational

Kyle Seeley totaled 16 kills and five assisted blocks against New Paltz and Wells.
Kyle Seeley totaled 16 kills and five assisted blocks against New Paltz and Wells.

HUNTINGDON, Pa.- Juniata men's volleyball hosted New Paltz and Wells College on the second day of Juniata Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles took the #2 Hawks to five sets but fell 3-2. JC rebounded with a 3-0 win over the Express.


The Eagles hung tough with the Hawks as they led 2-0 in their match. The first set was a back and forth battle early on. Leading 9-7, JC went on a 9-4 run to go ahead 18-11. New Paltz got to within three points of tying, 21-18, but the Eagles used a 4-2 run to put the Hawks away and go ahead 1-0 in the match.


Much like the first set, the Eagles used a big run in the second to pull away from New Paltz. JC rattled off a 11-4 run to go up 18-10. It would be a lead that would stick as Juniata won 25-18.


In the third frame, the Eagles had the match tied at 7-7. A 12-4 New Paltz run gave the visitors a 19-11 advantage. It would be one that JC could not recover from as it fell 25-17.


The Hawks picked up where they left in the third with a 6-1 run to start. Juniata was able to close the gap to 13-12 but New Paltz used a 5-1 run to get some breathing room and 25-20 to force a deciding fifth set.


New Paltz was ahead 7-4 but a 9-6 JC run tied the match at 13-13. In the end, the Hawks picked up two kills from Bradley Schneider to win the frame and the match.


Quinn Paterson (Las Vegas, Nev./Shadow Ridge) had a line of 15 kills, six digs, and five assisted blocks. Mahlon Bender (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) had seven kills and six assisted blocks. Michael Young (Westlake Village, Calif./Westlake Village) tallied 37 assists and four digs.


Against the Express, Juniata trailed 7-4 early on. The Eagles broke off eight straight points to go up 12-7. Wells answered back and it eventually took back the lead and went ahead 19-18. The Eagles outlasted the Express with a 7-4 run to win 25-23.


Building off their momentum, the Eagles seized an 8-3 advantage in the second set. While Wells was able to respond and close the gap to tie the frame at 11-all, an 11-2 JC run broke the game open as Juniata led 22-13 and went on to win 25-17.


A 10-7 Eagle lead in the third grew to 18-9. Juniata's advantage dipped no lower than six points as it cruised to the set and match victory.


Kyle Seeley (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) and Jake Dube (Altamont, NY/Guilderland) both picked up nine kills to lead the Eagles. Sean Cavanaugh (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) and Peterson chipped in eight kills with Peterson also picking up six digs. Young contributed 30 assists.


Juniata (3-3) travels to Western New York next weekend for the Golden Flyer Invitational. The Eagles will play Johnson and Wales (RI) and host Nazareth next Friday.