Overall, it was a great week for Clarion’s volleyball team, winning two of the three games.
It has been a fantastic stretch of games for the Eagles, winning nine of their last 10.
Their first win this week came at the hands of Juniata on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
It certainly wasn’t an easy win at home.
The game went the distance with Juniata College taking the first game, 30-28.
Clarion stormed back, winning two straight sets, 25-20 and 25-23, respectively.
Juniata wouldn’t go away though.
They took the fourth set, 25-17.
However, Clarion would take care of business in that final set.
They took it, and the game, with the final score 15-10.
That was Juniata’s first, and so far only, loss of the season.
Marissa Robertson and Mackenzie Biggs also hit double digit kills with 11 and 10.
Kaley Pittsley and Catherine Ferragonio paced the Eagles with two aces for each, and Biggs added another to give the team a total of five.
Unfortunately, their eight game win streak was snapped by Edinboro on Oct. 2.
In the first match, the Fighting Scots dominated Clarion, 25-12.
Clarion came back in game two, 27-25.
After that, the Eagles dropped the final two matches of the game, 25-23 and 29-27.
Olson, Robertson and Taylor Braunagel all recorded 11 kills apiece, and Ferragonio and Biggs totaled three aces, two Ferragonio and one for Biggs.
Clarion rebounded the next game, defeating Slippery Rock the next day in three straight sets, 25-19, 25-16 and 25-20, respectively.
Robertson, Braunagel, and Biggs lead the Golden Eagles in kills, all reaching double figures, 11, 11 and 10.
Pittsley recorded the lone ace for the Golden Eagles.
Taylor Braunagel summarized what that success means for the team by saying, “Well, we knew coming into PSAC play that the East was doing pretty well this year, so by gaining some wins during the crossover, we also got a pretty nice shot of confidence heading into Western PSAC play. We play our best when we’re having fun, and so being able to use our fundamentals, have fun and win is an awesome bonding experience that only fuels our confidence for the rest of this season.”
The team has officially hit the midway point of the season, and the team has a winning record.
With all but one of the remaining games being against Western PSAC teams, Braunagel is excited about where the team is now.
Braunagel said, “It’s exciting because it’s very competitive this year. Every game is critical because there are upsets all over the place so our record keeps us honest, but also shows we’re ready to compete for our coming matches.”
Clarion is doing really well on its side of the conference with a record of 5-2 after a loss to IUP in three sets Tuesday.
The Golden Eagles next game is Oct. 9 when they travel to California (Pa.), followed by a game the next day at Seton Hill.