Golden Eagle volleyball excels, sweeps competition in Tony Banner Invitational

“I was pleased with our performance, [but] we have a long way to go.”
That was Clarion women’s volleyball head coach Jen Mills’ thoughts after her team won all four of their matches over the weekend.
Clarion had a great deal of turnover coming into the 2014 campaign.
Mills has to find replacements for All-Region players in Hannah Heeter and Emily Stewart, All-Conference Corrine Manley and defensive specialists in Lauren Magalski and Megan Condit.
Clarion’s first step in doing so started last weekend.
Clarion hosted the Tony Banner Memorial Tournament, which honors the life of Clarion resident and Clarion University alumnus Tony Banner, who was an asset to Clarion University and the athletic department.
Clarion’s first test came Thursday night against Wayne State.
Senior Carlie Bieranowski led Clarion to a three sets-to-one victory.
Bieranowski had 10 kills, seven digs and three blocks.
The next morning the Golden Eagles returned to the floor and swept Concord University in three sets.
Senior Laura Subject, who was named tournament MVP, paced Clarion with 41 set assists.
Two freshman who were called upon a lot this weekend had big contributions as well.
Taylor Braunagel had five kills and three digs and Gaby Olson chipped in with seven kills.
In the Friday night cap, Clarion once again came away with a three set sweep this time it was Walsh University.
Once again the upperclassman leadership stepped up. vball 1 online
Subject had 23 set assists and four digs while junior Abbey Cox, who was named to the All-Tournament team, had eight kills and three blocks.
Clarion’s final game of the weekend didn’t start until around 9:15 in the evening due to longer matches prior in the day.
This didn’t faze the Golden Eagles.
Braunagel had her “welcome to college” break out match with 14 kills to lead Clarion in three straight sets over Adelphi.
“We’ve been trying all weekend to get her to swing,” Subject told Clarion Sports Information referring to her freshman teammate. “She swung tonight, and it was amazing. She was great.”
Mills spoke about what she attributed the 4-0 start to this weekend.
“[It’s] having leadership from our veteran players who are doing a great job through encouragement and also leading by example on the court.”
The Golden Eagles travel to California (PA) University this weekend for another tournament.
Clarion will face off with Caldwell University, Cedarville University, Fairmont State and Rollins University.

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