ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University men's volleyball team fell in Continental Volleyball Conference action to Juniata College on Friday night, 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-21), at the Converse Family Fieldhouse.
The Saints opened the first set with two quick points, including a kill from senior James Knight for a 2-0 lead. The Eagles answered with a 6-0 run, forcing a Marymount timeout.
Juniata continued to build its lead, pushing it to 14-6 before another timeout.
The Saints battled through the remainder the set, with three kills, each, from junior Sam Safley and freshman Jason Perkins, but the Eagles maintained control on the way to a 25-14 final for the 1-0 lead.
After falling into a 3-0 hole to start the second set, three kills from Knight led a 6-2 spurt for the Saints to gain the lead.
The Eagles regained the lead, 12-8, on a 7-2 run, but two more kills by Knight and one by Safley kept the Saints close, 16-13.
Freshman Ervin Harrell put down a kill to get the Saints to within two, 18-16, but Juniata closed the set for the 2-0 lead.
A kill by Knight and block by Safley and freshman Kyle Kiser got the Saints started in the third set, as the teams opened on a 2-2 tie.
Safley then notched a kill to keep the Saints within one, 4-3, but the Eagles used a 9-4 run to build a 13-7 lead.
Two more kills from Safley helped cut the lead to three, 13-10. He continued to keep the Saints within striking distance with a solo block and two more kills.
Safley led the team with 10 kills and two blocks in the match, while Knight tallied eight kills. Junior Joseph Zanelotti paced the offense with 23 assists.
The Saints will return to the Converse Family Fieldhouse for another conference match on Saturday, March 30 against Elizabethtown College; the match is set for 4:30 p.m.