Golden Eagle volleyball hands UPJ first loss of season during recent PSAC roadtrip

This past weekend the Clarion volleyball team went on a road trip playing in a PSAC Crossover in Johnstown, and then traveled to Lock Haven.

The Golden Eagles secured three of four matches on the trip, including a big win against previously unbeaten Pitt Johnstown.

The great weekend put the Golden Eagles at 13-11 overall on the year and 9-4 in the PSAC.

First stop on the trip for Clarion was Johnstown to face PSAC rivals Pitt-Johnstown and Millersville.

The match first up was against Millersville, which Clarion won the three sets to sweep the match.

The second match of the day came against an undefeated UPJ who was also at home for the match.

Clarion opened the matchup with a 26-24 set win and then lost the next two sets at 25-21 and 25-14.

In the fourth set, the Golden Eagles rallied to win 25-18, then in the last set of the match Clarion was down 8-3 early on, but came back to win the set 15-11 outscoring UPJ 12-3 down the final stretch.

In the match against UPJ, Gabrielle Olson worked in 16 kills and six blocks.

Taylor Braunagel also contributed 13 kills, Kaley Pittsley chipped in 48 assists, and Morgan Seybold put in 33 digs.

The opening set was close, the game was tied at 24, but luckily a serving error was called against UPJ and Clarion went up 25-24.

Then the following volley Braunagel and Olson combined for a critical block that gave the Golden Eagles the first set.

The Golden Eagles then dropped the following two sets to go down 2-1 in the match.vball online

In the fourth set, Clarion got some of its mojo back and led the entire way to tie the match at two sets a piece.

Olson and Robertson each chalked up six kills in the set.

In the final set of the match Clarion found itself down early but rallied to tie the set at 8-8.

Breaking the tie off later was Marissa Robertson and Abbey Cox with consecutive kills and Clarion went up 11-9.

With the set at 13-11, Olson posted yet another kill, and then Braunagel and Olson combined for the game winning block.

Clarion won the fifth set 15-11 and took the match.

Clarion made its way to Lock Haven for another double-header this past Saturday.

The Golden Eagles fell in their first matchup of the day Shippensburg, 25-20, 25-23 and 25-23.

In the loss Olson had 10 kills; Abbey Cox added nine kills and Braunagel with eight.

Seybold contributed 21 digs in the losing effort, and Pittsley chipped in 36 assists and eight digs.

The second match of the day was more friendly for the Golden Eagles as they swept Lock Haven in straight sets.

Clarion won the three sets 25-20, 25-18 and 26-24.

In the match Braunagel led her team with 16 kills, and then Mackenzie Biggs added in 13 kills.

Also contributing in the winning effort Marissa Robertson had nine kills and 13 digs, Seybold with 12 digs and Pittsley with 45 assists.

Next up for Clarion is a weekend trip to Erie to take on Mercyhurst and Gannon.

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