Friday night at California University (Pa.), the Golden Eagles women’s volleyball team pulled out an epic come-from-behind win to defeat the Vulcans 3-2.
Down two sets, Clarion’s determination won the third set 25-23.
A back-and-forth fourth set was won by Clarion with a score of 31-29.
In the fifth and final set, Cal and Clarion went back and forth in a match that was supposed to only go to 15.
However, the Golden Eagles downed the Vulcans in the fifth set 23-21.
The Golden Eagles came back from a 21-20 deficit in the last set courtesy of a Mackenzie Biggs’ kill, a block from Biggs and Abbey Cox, and the game winning kill from senior Carlie Bieranowski.
Freshmen Catherine Ferragonio and Gabrielle Olson chipped in with 12 and 11 kills, respectively.
Senior Laura Subject led the team with 61 sets, and junior Morgan Seybold leading the Golden Eagles defense with an astounding 57 digs on the night.
When asked about how big of an impact the win had on the team, coach Jennifer Mills said, “I believe that this was an important win because of the way it happened. Winning in such a close fashion against a strong team helps with confidence. I also think that we faced quite a few adverse situations throughout the match, and we were able to refocus and continue to play hard.”
Clarion followed the outstanding win Friday night by blanking Seton Hill 3-0 on Saturday.
The win gave Clarion a three game lead on Seton Hill and CalU for a home PSAC playoff match.
The Golden Eagles were led by Bieranowski, who tallied 17 kills in the match.
Following Bieranowski was Olson with 10 kills, Ferragonio with nine kills and Cox with seven kills.
Cox also added three blocks in the match.
Subject had another strong performance with 44 sets.
Seybold led the Golden Eagles in digs again, tallying 21 in the match.
Ferragonio chipped in with 10 digs in the match also.
The win against Seton Hill improved Clarion’s record to 25-2 overall, and 16-1 in the PSAC.
With such an impressive record this far into the season, Mills was asked about what has surprised her about the team this season.
She said, “I’m not so much surprised as I am constantly impressed with how hard this team fights to compete. We have moments, of course, where we are less consistent, but we’ve definitely shown a great deal of grit and heart in many of our matches. These girls really do have a strong bond, and it comes through in their on-court play.”
The Golden Eagles followed up their Seton Hill victory with a 3-0 win over IUP Tuesday night.
The Golden Eagles were led by Cox, who recorded 11 kills in the match.
Freshman Taylor Braunagel followed with nine kills and Olson with eight.
Subject had 40 sets, and Seybold once again led the defense with 27 digs.
Clarion returns to action Friday at Mercyhurst.
Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.