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Late Monday action: Juniata volleyball gives Halifax a run for its money; falls in three

It was a battle the whole night through when Halifax battled an up-and -coming Juniata volleyball team in a TVL showdown Monday night.

Despite falling 3-1 on the evening to the Wildcats, the Lady Indians gave Halifax all they could handle and more falling 17-25, 25-13, 20-25 and 20-25.

“They really put their hearts in it. It took them a little while to figure it out but this is looking really hopeful for us as they all played together and worked very hard.

After falling in the first game 25-17, the Indians battled back and dominated game two.

It started off well for Juniata, posting a 2-0 advantage posting a side out and an ace by Alexa Frontz.

The Wildcats bounced back to score three consecutive points, taking a 3-2 advantage.

The game stayed close early at 5-4.

Juniata picked up a clutch side out to up its lead to two and things started to sizzle from there.

Reese Foltz started to catch fire at the serving line as she rolled off six consecutive points and giving the Indians an 8-point cushion at 12-4.

During the run, the Indians got strong upfront play by Josie Abram and a clutch slam by MacKenzie Bennett.

Abram helped in crease the lead two side outs later as she added three no returns when serving.

She added four points to move them closer to the victory, 18-6.

From there the two teams split things 7-7 the rest of the way to cruise to the 25-13 win, tying the series at 1-1.

In the final two games, the Indians and Wildcats found themselves in a  battle but when the dust settled Halifax would survive in consecutive wins 25-20 and 25-20.

In the JV contest, Halifax won 25-14. Juniata got it as close a 13-10 before the Wildcats went o. A run.

Juniata battled in game two taking a lead at 7-6. Halifax took lead at 9-7 but then 9-8 on a side out. Tied it at nine. After falling behind Juniata rolled back cutting the Wildcats lead to 16-15. Then tied it on an ace. They kept going making it 19-17 before the scoring run was over. Tied at 20-20, again the Wildcats would finish out the game on a run winning 25-20.

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