ARLINGTON, Va. – Second-seeded Juniata hit .413 as the third-seeded Stevenson men's volleyball team hit just .252 as the Mustangs fell 19-25, 22-25, 25-23, 18-25 in the Continental Volleyball Conference semifinals Friday afternoon at Verizon Sports Arena.
For the first time in the last four seasons, the Mustangs (20-12) fall before the championship game after reaching the title match in the last three seasons. The 2016 CVC Champions, Stevenson has appeared in every tournament since the conference began in 2012.
The Eagles (20-10) hit .500 in the opening set, recording 14 kills and just three errors on 22 swings. The team also had four service aces in the set, including a pair by Quinn Peterson. Peterson finished with a match-high 17 kills.
Stevenson jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the second set before Juniata rallied to grab a 12-10 lead a force a Mustangs timeout. The Mustangs recorded four errors during that stretch, including two service aces. Stevenson finished with 14 service errors in the match.
Highlighted by a .324 hitting percentage and 15 kills in the third set, the Mustangs avoided the sweep and won five of the final eight points, including a kill by senior Nate Ellis to close the set.
After hitting below .400 in the third set, the Eagles cut down their errors in the fourth set and hit .429 with 14 kills and just two errors. Juniata finished with 56 kills compared to just 13 errors, yet finished with 20 service errors.
Kyle Seeley posted nine kills and six block assists for the Eagles, who finished with 19 total blocks.
Juniata will face fourth-seeded Eastern Mennonite in the title game after the Royals upset top-seeded Marymount (Va.) in five sets.