The Clarion Golden Eagles started the season 12-0 heading into a match of unbeaten teams when the Seton Hill Griffins came to town for a match Sept. 26.
The Golden Eagles swept the Griffins 3-0 in three extremely close sets (25-22, 25-23, 25-22).
The Griffins went home with their first loss of the season.
In the first set, the Golden Eagles and Griffins went back and forth trading points.
The most either team lead in the set was 24-20 after five-point run for Clarion.
In the second set, Clarion found itself up 18-12 until a counter lead to Seton Hill being down only 22-20.
The Golden Eagles, however finished out the set strong to hold onto the victory.
The third set would prove to be the last for the night.
Clarion won the third set 25-22 again.
Both teams kept the set relatively close.
Clarion and Seton Hill each had 4-0 runs at points in the set, however, Clarion added a second 4-0 run in the set as well as a 3-0 run to finish the set 25-22.
The Vulcans split with Clarion in the regular season last year, but earned the last laugh with a 3-0 sweep in the 2013 NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament ending the Golden Eagles season.
The Golden Eagles couldn’t get though Saturday against the Vulcans.
Clarion had the lead in the first set 21-19, but gave up six consecutive points to end the set.
In the second set the Golden Eagles dropped 25-16.
Clarion couldn’t find much and quickly found themselves down 2-0 in sets.
The team battled in the third, and ultimately final set of the day, however, yet again, dropped to the Vulcans 25-21.
“Cal played really well and exposed some of our weaknesses,” said Clarion Head Coach Jennifer Mills. “We were flat, we just didn’t take care of our side of the court,” she said.
Clarion continued its home stretch with the Indiana (Pa) Crimson Hawks on Tuesday night.
The Golden Eagles defeated the Crimson Hawks 25-18, 25-21, and 25-15 respectively.
The first set went well for Clarion, whhich had three 4-0 point runs in the set allowing them to win with ease.
Indiana fought hard in the second set and would not go away.
The Crimson Hawks clawed their way through the entire set not falling down by more than four points in the set.
Ultimately however a 4-0 start for Clarion in the set proved to be too much for the Crimson Hawks to climb out of and Clarion claimed set two 25-21.
In the third set, Clarion went on a six-point run late to run away with the set and the game “I think we responded well,” said Mills after the game. “I was happy with the adjustments [the team] made.”
Clarion continues its 10 game home stand with their breast cancer awareness matches Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. against the Gannon Golden Knights and the Mercyhurst Lakers.