Nov. 27, 2004
Special to CollegeSports.com
Juniata swept the crown away from Washington University in St. Louis, last year's champion, in a 3-0 (30-27, 30-27, 30-28) victory, while the University of LaVerne took third place over New York University, 3-1 (30-25, 28-30, 30-28, 30-23) in the consolation match at the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minn.
The win capped a historic year for the school, located in
The Eagles dedicated the title to all of those who have been apart of
"We did it for our teammates who are here and not here,"
The sweep came as no surprise to
"We knew we were gonna get it done,"
In the history of the school,
"It's been 28 years and I can't tell you how many press conferences I've been to having left the locker room full of tears," Bock said. "This is much better. I'm honored to be involved with the school and the team that has put up with me as coach."
"The quality of play that we saw tonight at the D-III level was amazing," he said. "There was one team that had more points than the other, but there was no loser tonight. We were in the national championship match and were a hair away from winning it. If there's anyone in
Earlier in the evening, LaVerne defeated NYU in four games to claim third place for the second straight year. NYU, last year's runner-up, dropped to fourth place this year.
There was less pressure for both squads, but the Leopards took advantage of NYU's serving and passing problems to come out on top.
"Because it was the last game, we pretty much came out with no regrets and wanted to have a good time," LaVerne senior Sara Lupu said. "We wanted to leave with a good memory of winning and having fun together."
Even though there was no championship at stake, LaVerne was just pleased to end the season with a win.
"As much as we'd love to be No. 1, I don't see anything wrong with being No. 3," LaVerne senior Jennifer Stout said. "I mean it's still top four teams in the nation. That's not bad at all."