Juniata men’s volleyball ranked No. 3

HUNTINGDON – The Juniata College men’s volleyball team dropped to third in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll Tuesday.

The Eagles have been in the top three all season long. They earned 168 points, beating out Continental Volleyball Conference rival No. 4 Carthage, which finished with 160 points in the poll.

Springfield College moved up from second to first with 12 first-place votes and 193 points. SUNY New Paltz also bumped up a spot, going from third to second.

Elsewhere:

n After helping the No. 12 Penn State men’s volleyball team to a 2-0 weekend, senior Peter Russell earned his first conference honor of the 2014 season, as he was been selected as the EIVA Offensive Player of the Week.

n St. Francis softball freshman pitcher/first baseman Alexis Bower won her second Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week Award, announced by the conference Monday afternoon.

n Juniata College men’s tennis senior Justin Wisniewski earned Landmark Conference Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Wisniewski won all five of his No. 2 singles matches last week to help the Eagles improve to 13-0 on the season.

n In addition to naming its national women’s award winners, the United States Basketball Writers Association also announced that a new award will join the lineup next season. The Mary Jo Haverbeck Award will be the women’s version of the Katha Quinn Award on the USBWA men’s side given to those who provide special service to USBWA or sportswriters covering women’s basketball. Mary Jo Haverbeck was a longtime Penn State sports information director in women’s basketball who died in January after a brief illness.

n Penn State’s Jim Haley was awarded the Big Ten Freshman Baseball Player of the Week on Tuesday afternoon, marking the first Big Ten accolade in his collegiate career. The award is the first weekly honor from the conference for any Penn State baseball player in 2014.

n Taylar Jaramillo won her first career medalist honors and led the St. Francis University women’s golf team to a first-place finish at the Wagner Seahawk Invitational on Tuesday.

n The St. Francis University men’s golf team earned a third-place finish at the Seahawk Spring Invitational hosted by Wagner College. The Red Flash shot a 646 (316-330) two-round score and finished just behind LIU Brooklyn (627) and the host school, Wagner (638).

n The AMCC celebrated day two of NCAA Division III Week by honoring seven fall sport teams who achieved the highest overall cumulative grade point averages among their peer institutions in the conference, and one of these teams is the Penn State Altoona men’s cross country squad. The Lions cross country team posted the top GPA of all AMCC men’s cross country programs by recording a 3.41 team GPA.