DIII: Juniata Defeats Ramapo to Advance to Molten Finals

4/17/2009

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MAHWAH, N.J. - Zach Wanner (Lancaster, PA) led No. 1-seeded Juniata College with 19 kills and hit .484 in a 3-0 victory over No. 4-seeded Ramapo College 3-0, (30-20, 30-18, 30-26). Dan Powers (Lancaster, PA) posted ten kills and the Eagles hit .460 in the match.

Stevens will face off with the Juniata at 8:00 pm on Saturday, while host Ramapo will play UC Santa Cruz at 5:30 for third place.

Senior Tom Kohler (East Brunswick, NJ) produced a team high 16 kills while senior Shane Donohue (Freehold Twp., NJ) recorded 11 kills and six digs in a 3-0 loss to the seeded Eagles of Juniata College. Donohue's three service aces was a match high. Senior setter Jairo Sierra (Fair Lawn, NJ) dished out 34 assists and rookie Paul Konopacki (Monore Twp., NJ) and senior TC Elsasser (Barnegat, NJ) combined for eight assisted blocks (four each). Sophomore Kevin McNerney (Bayonne, NJ) posted seven digs leading the team's defense.

Wanner and Powers put the Eagles up 2-0 in game one before the Roadrunners got on the board with a kill by Donohue. Powers killed a ball from Matt Werle (Meadville, PA) before Donohue killed a ball to make it 3-2. Donohue tied the game on a service ace, 3-3. Kohler picked up his first kill of the game off a pass from Sierra to tie the game at seven. With the game tied at eight, the Eagles would go on a three point run, 11-8, before the Elsasser would post a kill. Wanner added a kill for Juniata to up 12-9, as the Eagles started to pull away. Ramapo and Juniata traded points until 15-12 when the Eagles got two kills by Powers, and a Ramapo error put Juniata up 17-13. The Eagles cruised to an easy 30-20 win led by Wanner and Powers with six kills each.

In game two Ramapo opened 10-6 on a kill from Konopacki before Juniata scored two straight points on back to back kills by Wanner. The Eagles scored five straight points taking a 20-13 lead before Donohue stopped the streak with a kill, 20-14. Juniata ended the game scoring the last seven points to take game two, 30-18.

In game three, the Roadrunners led 10-8 on an Eagle attack error with their biggest lead coming at 12-9 with a kill by Donohue. Juniata rallied back to knot the score at 17 on a kill by Evan Halteman (Perkionenville, PA). The match saw five ties, the last coming at 22-22 on a kill by Kohler. Two Ramapo attack errors put the Eagles up 24-22 and Juniata followed with four straight points to take a 27-23 lead. Wanner ended the match on his sixth kill, 30-26.

Werle and Halteman each notched eight kills in the win while Werle recorded a match high 36 assists and added four assisted blocks.

Article courtesy of Stevens athletics.

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