Clarion volleyball sweeps weekend matches, extends winning streak to seven

The Clarion Volleyball team continues its final stretch of the season riding high after sweeping its games this weekend, defeating Edinboro 3-1 on the road Oct. 17, and Slippery Rock 3-0 at home Oct. 18.

In the win at Edinboro, Clarion took the first two sets 30-28, and 25-22.

But the game wouldn’t go easy as the first two sets as Edinboro took the third set 25-18.

The Golden Eagles put an end to any thoughts of a Fighting Scots comeback, winning the fourth set and the match, 25-20.

Carlie Bieranowski returned from injury, leading Clarion with 18 kills and 12 digs while hitting .260. “I thought she did better,” Clarion head coach Jennifer Mills said, “She’s so important to us offensively and just as a pure overall leader, and we need her on the court.”

Junior Abbey Cox also led Clarion with 11 kills, five blocks, and three digs, hitting .417.

Junior Morgan Seybold was again solid defensively with 27 digs.

In the win against Slippery Rock the following afternoon, the Golden Eagles struggled early in the first set, but stormed back to win, 25-19.

After dominating the second set 25-16, Clarion had trouble closing out the third set as The Rock battled with everything it had, taking advantage of Clarion’s inconsistent play, but the Golden Eagles held on to win the set and game, 25-23.

“Usually their runs included ball control lulls on us or a hitting error,” Mills explained, “Its one of the things we can control, and that’s what we’re going to keep working on.”

Last week’s PSAC West Volleyball Athlete of the Week, Laura Subject, came up huge again with 36 set assists, 13 digs, and four kills, hitting .800.

Freshmen Taylor Braunagel and Gabby Olson had 10 kills each, while Braunagel added four digs also.

In the midst of the final stretch of the season on a seven game road trip, the Golden Eagles look to finish strong, and the approach is simple.

“We have to take it one at a time and just get better,” Mills stated.

“We have try to play more consistent,” said Subject after the win against Slippery Rock, “If we stay with high, good energy we’ll be fine.”

The road trip is highlighted by the big rematch at California on Oct. 24.

Clarion will look for revenge of a 3-0 loss at home to the Vulcans on Sept. 27.

The Golden Eagles finish the season at home on Nov. 8 against Edinboro before the PSAC playoffs begin on Nov. 11, assuming Clarion qualifies.

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