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No. 5 Saints grind out third Top-10 victory of season, Top No. 8 Eagles in five

No. 5 Saints grind out third Top-10 victory of season, Top No. 8 Eagles in five

HUNTINGDON, Pa. – Behind double-digit kill nights by four Saint starters and 58 assists by senior Erich Bratke, the No. 5 Marymount men's volleyball squad grinded out a five-set victory over No. 8 Juniata College on Friday night, 25-19, 26-28, 25-16, 23-25, 15-10. 

With the 3-2 decision, the Saints move to 10-3 overall, while remaining unbeaten at 2-0 in CVC play. 

Playing a big key in knocking off the reigning CVC Champion was Bratke with his 58 assists, which marks the fifth highest mark this season in Division III in a five-set match. 

Senior TJ Wiechecki also marked a similar feat for the day, notching a match-high 23 kills for the second time this season. His 23 kills for tonight's five-set match marked the sixth most this season in Division III, while his 23 kills against No. 9 Carthage earlier this season still ranks sixth for a four-set match. 

Also going off for double-digit kill nights were senior Ben Steranka (10), junior Eric Wiles (10) and sophomore Sam Safley (17). As a team, the Saints hit .296 for the match, while the Eagles hit .218. 

Trading sets until the deciding set, Marymount came out firing with eight kills on 11 attempts with just one error, notching an impressive .636 to round our the 15-10 decision and collect it's third AVCA Top-10 victory of the season. 

On the defensive end, senior libero Connor Choate dove out for a match-high 10 digs. 

The Saints continue their eight-match road trip tomorrow morning at Thiel College for another CVC contest. First serve is set for 9:30 a.m.