POTSDAM and CANTON, N.Y.- The Juniata women's volleyball team embarked on one of its longest road trips of the season as the Eagles traveled to Upstate New York to open the 2016 season. In their first match at the Clarkson Invitational, JC soundly defeated Roger Williams 3-0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-16).
On the offensive side, Kelly Reynolds (Upper Saint Clair, Pa./Upper Saint Clair) tallied 33 assists. Nakita Gearhart (Waynesboro, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim) put up nine kills and finished with a hitting percentage of .438. In her first collegiate match, Megan Conger (Rockville, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) had a team-high three service aces. Katie Bryne (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) picked up 21 digs on defense.
JC scored the first three points of the first set to go ahead 3-0. The Eagles were too much for the Hawks as they ran away with the set.
The second set was a near mirror image of the first as Juniata again got off to a big lead. Roger Williams was as close as 5-2 but the Eagles outscored them 20-9 to claim the second set.
Juniata led by as much as 15-7 in the third frame but this time the Hawks would keep up as they would get the score to 16-13. JC would use a 9-3 run to close of the set and the match.
In the evening on the campus of St. Lawrence, Juniata faced off against SUNY Brockport. The Eagles won the match 3-1 (29-31, 25-20, 25-22, 25-14).
The Eagles conclude competition with a pair of matches tomorrow. Juniata faces the host Golden Knights at 12:30 p.m. and finish with Ithaca at 3:00 p.m.