After a successful season the women’s volleyball team was knocked out of the PSAC playoffs by the California (Pa) Vulcans on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
Before Tuesday’s match, Clarion traveled to Slippery Rock on Friday, Nov. 7.
The Golden Eagles won 3-0 and went on to become the PSAC West Champions.
“I was pleased with how we performed. This weekends matches were very important in clinching the PSAC West Title but also going into playoffs,” said head coach Jennifer Mills.
On the win against The Rock, the Golden Eagles won with set scores 25-21, 25-18, and 25-15.
Senior Laura Subject had a great night with 43 set assists, five digs and three blocks.
Adding in with solid numbers defensively was junior Morgan Seybold with 14 digs.
Freshman Gabrielle Olson added 10 digs as well.
Saturday the Golden Eagles had their senior night as they took on Edinboro.
Clarion defeated Edinboro 3-1 with set scores 25-13, 22-25, 25-21 and 25-18.
Subject played well, adding 46 set assists, nine digs and three kills.
It was senior night for Subject, Carlie Bieranowski and Laura Duncan.
Bieranowski added nine kills, eight digs and five blocks.
Freshman Taylor Braunagel played well offensively with 16 kills and six digs.
Olson also had 11 kills.
The PSAC West Champions ended their regular season 29-3 overall.
They also matched their 20-2 PSAC West record from last year.
This also helped them gain home court advantage for the playoffs.
Tuesday night the Golden Eagles took on the Vulcans and suffered a heartbreaking 3-0 lost.
When asked what she believed the team had to execute to achieve a win against CalU, Mills said, “We knew Cal was a very good defensive team. They are one of the best teams in the country in opponent hitting efficiency. It was important that we go into that match expecting long rallies and being both aggressive on offense and disciplined on attack.”
The Golden Eagles started off strong in the first set against the Vulcans with an early 8-4 lead.
However, the Vulcans came back and won the set 25-19.
Sophomore Mackenzie Biggs played well with eight kills.
Subject contributed 28 set assists and six digs.
Seybold played defensive well with 18 digs.
The second set also started well for Clarion, however, once again California came back and won 25-15.
“I do think we started off well, but got into a rut after getting blocked a few times,” said Mills. “We expected this going in, but it impacted us mentally, and I think some of our confidence disappeared.”
The third set proved to be the most back-and-forth set of the night.
Freshman Catherine Ferragonio had six kills and added 11 digs.
Mills said, “I think Catherine Ferragonio came out swinging and she was aggressive, which we really needed.”
In the set, the lead bounced back and fourth; however, the Vulcans succeeded and pulled the 27-25 victory.
Mills was asked what one word or quote would she describe her team this season, Mills said, “Proud.”
Although the Golden Eagles are out of the playoffs, they wait for a bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
“We will work to fix some of our issues and continue to process of improvement.”