The Clarion Golden Eagles women’s volleyball team had a strong weekend showing but came up short to a nationally ranked team, also.
This past weekend Clarion hosted Breast Cancer Awareness matches.
For the cause, the team had families donate baskets and baked goods and sold Clarion merchandise to the fans that came.
“The families of the teams are a huge help,” said freshman Taylor Braunagel. “As a team, we not only decorated the gym for the weekend, but we have also been handing out pink ribbons, magnets, and bracelets in return for donations to the Clarion Hospital for their cancer center.”
For the awareness matches Clarion hosted Gannon on Friday, Oct. 3, and Mercyhurst on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Tippin Gymnasium.
Friday the Golden Eagles defeated the Golden Knights 3-2. The set scores were 22-25, 28-26, 24-26, 25-14 and 15-10.
“Our game against Gannon was, I believe, our most intense game,” said Braunagel. “Not only because we went to a full five matches, but also because they were ranked top in our conference.”
Against Gannon, Clarion had a strong defense with the help of sophomore Mattison Thorton, freshman Catherine Ferragonio and senior Laura Subject.
Subject finished the game with 56 assists, 22 digs and three kills.
On October 4, the Clarion returned to action to take on Mercyhurst.
Set scores were 27-25, 25-15, and 25-22, with a Golden Eagle 3-0 victory.
Although Clarion swept the Lakers, Mercyhurst put up a tough fight with Clarion.
“Laura Subject is always working her butt off to set our top hitters like Carlie Bieranowski, Abbey Cox, Gabby Olson, and Mackenzie Biggs,” said Braunagel.
Subject and junior Morgan Seybold led the defense with 12, and 14 digs respectively.
Braunagel had nine kills against the Lakers.
Tuesday night at Tippin gymnasium was not so stellar for the Golden Eagles.
Clarion went up against No.5 ranked Wheeling Jesuit and was defeated 3-1.
Set scores ranged from 25-21, 25-16, 25-12, and 25-16.
With winning the first set, the Golden Eagles showed that they could handle the Cardinals, however, took a loss in the final three sets.
When asked what the team had to do to achieve a win against Wheeling Jesuit, Braunagel said, “If we played like we did this weekend and have just as much passion, effort, communication, and consistency, I believe we will do well against their fast offense.”
Braunagel played well defensively with 13 kills with freshman Gabrielle Olsen adding 12.
Bieranowski contributed six kills and 13 digs.
As always, Subject was a strong contributor with 40 set assists and 11 digs.
Seybold played solid adding 19 digs, Thornton 13, and Ferragonio with 11.
After Tuesday night’s matches, the Golden Eagles go to 16-2 with an 8-1 PSAC West record.
This weekend they will host their PSAC crossover event.
Friday they will play East Stroudsburg at 11:30 a.m., Kutztown Friday night at 7:30 p.m., West Chester Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and Cheyney Saturday night at 6 p.m.