No. 3 La Verne Falls to No. 1 Juniata


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LA VERNE, Calif. - The University of La Verne's unbeaten season came to halt at the hands of the nation's top-ranked team as Juniata College topped the third-ranked Leopards 3-1 by scores of 31-33, 25-23, 25-16, 25-23.

La Verne seized a hard-fought win in the first stanza as Juniata fought off three set points to force a 24-24 tie.  From there, both teams battled to a standoff for the next 14 points before the Leopards came away with a 33-31 verdict.

The two teams were tied at 23 in the second set before consecutive kills by Paige Johnston and Cassie Dickman closed the frame to knot the contest at a set apiece.  The Eagles controlled action in the third frame by hitting .343 en route to a 25-16 win.

Another see-saw affair ensued in the fourth set as the Leopards and Eagles were tied at 22 each before Juniata finished off the Leos taking three of the next four points.

Juniata hit .215 on the night compared to a .170 clip for La Verne.  The Leos outblocked the visitors 11 to 8 while collecting 80 digs to 75 for the Eagles.

Amber Thomas led the Eagles with a match-high 25 kills followed by Johnston with 11.  Brianna Gonzales tallied 16 kills while Crista Jones added 13 in the loss.

Article courtesy of La Verne athletics.

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