Clarion’s Volleyball team seems to have finally found its groove after struggling early on in the 2015 season.
After a slow start to the year, the Golden Eagles swept four straight contests this past weekend at Seton Hill as part of the PSAC Crossover.
On the first day of the crossover, Clarion won matches over Cheyney University and West Chester.
The team swept both matches and looked confident in doing so.
Clarion came out hot in the first set against Cheyney, winning 25-8, then came back and won 25-10 and 25-19.
Coach Jen Mills subbed freely during the match, which saw sophomore Gabrielle Olson and junior Victoria Evans lead the team with nine kills. Freshman Leah Vensel had 21 assists, junior Kaley Pittsely had 11 assists, while junior Morgan Herold had 16 digs and sophomore Kara Coffman had eight digs.
In the sweep of West Chester, Clarion’s Olson had a season high 17 kills, a hitting percentage of 73.9 and seven blocks.
Abbey Cox and Taylor Braunagel contributed 10 kills, and Pittsely was all over the court with 41 assists.
Herold contributed 11 digs and Seybold with 10 digs.
The following day, the Golden Eagles swept another two matches this time over PSAC foes Kutztown and East Stroudsburg.
In the first match Clarion won the games 25-11, 25-22 and 25-16.
The win was due to great efforts from Braunagel with 14 kills, and Olson also added 10 kills.
Assisting in the victory was also Pittsely, who had 40 assists, and Seybold with 12 digs.
In the set against East Stroudsburg University, Clarion won all three games; 25-17, 25-11, and 25-20.
The Golden Eagles were led by Olson, who had 11 kills and five blocks.
Also chipping in was Braunagel with 10 kills and Pittsely with 28 assists.
Following the games this past weekend and the win versus Juniata Tuesday night, Clarion has now won eight games straight which puts them at 8-7 on the year.
Reaping the spoils from this stretch has been Olson who was named the PSAC West Player of the Week this past week.
Head coach Jennifer Mills said, “Gabrielle really deserved this award.” I can’t remember the last time someone hit that kind of a percentage, what a weekend she had.”
The Golden Eagles will be back in action this Friday and Saturday on the road against Edinboro and Slippery Rock where they will look to extend their eight game win streak.
The next home game will be Oct. 30.