Eagles Edge Wentworth To Earn Weekend Split

David Hibner
David Hibner totaled 14 kills while hitting .667 to go with two solo blocks, four block assists and two digs against Wentworth.

PATCHOGUE, NY.- The Juniata men's volleyball team reversed their five-set fortune from earlier in the day as they defeated Wentworth, 3-2 (22-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-7) Saturday afternoon at the Danzi Center.

The Eagles had their worst two hitting percentages in the first two sets and it put them in a two sets to none hole as the Leopards looked to sweep Juniata aside.  

The third set was back and forth early, with Wentworth holding an 8-10 lead. A service error, a block by Quinn Peterson (Las Vegas, Nev. / Shadow Ridge), a kill from David Hibner (Burke, Va. / Lake Braddock Secondary) followed with one from Peterson made it 12-10 Eagles. The Leopards took the next point via JC attack error before a Hibner kill, a Leland Hacecky (Ashburn, Va. / Stone Bridge) ace and another Peterson kill pushed the lead to 15-11. Later, with the score at 17-14 Juniata closed the door on the Leopards. Two kills and a block from Kevin Duffy (Carlisle, Pa. / Carlisle HS) along with two errors by Wentworth made it 22-14 and essentially ended set three. A Hibner kill ended set three and kept JC alive. 

Set four was a tighter affair as the Eagles took a small early lead and Wentworth stayed close throughout. Nursing a 20-17 lead, a JC service error followed by a Leopard kill had the lead whittled down to one. The teams traded points to make it 21-20 and JC called timeout. Wentworth took the next point after the timeout to tie things up at 21-21 before another Duffy kill followed by another from Joe Fick (Venetia, Pa. / Peters Township) giving JC a two-point lead. A service error and a Wentworth kill tied things one final time before two straight Leopard errors gave Juniata set four, 25-23.

Set five saw the teams feel each other out, with the Eagles building up a 9-6 lead.  Wentworth got one back, but that was the final point they scored as Juniata closed the match on a 6-0 run to complete the comeback. Kill from Peterson, a Wentworth attack error, a Hibner solo block, a block by Hacecky and Hibner and Hacecky kill pushed Juniata to match point. A Wentworth attack error ended things. 

The Eagles head into spring break 11-4. They will return to action Friday March 22ndat Neumann. The match is set to start at 7:00.