Clarion volleyball defeats Mercyhurst, Gannon

Clarion University volleyball notched two crucial wins this past weekend to slide into a second place tie in the PSAC West.

The Golden Eagles won the first game 3-1 against Mercyhurst this past Friday.

Clarion won the first set 25-14 easily, with Taylor Braunagel leading the way with seven kills in the set.

The Golden Eagles lost the next set 25-13, but rallied back to win the third set 25-22.vball 2

Catherine Ferragonio, Mackenzie Biggs, Gabrielle Olson and Braunagel all had huge kills to bring Clarion back in the third set.

Mercyhurst ended the set on three straight errors off Ferragonio serves to finish the set.

Clarion secured the win with a 25-23 victory in set four.

Abbey Cox, Biggs, and Braunagel all had big kills in the fourth set.

Marissa Robertson had 11 kills on the day, while Morgan Herold chipped in 12 digs to lead the Golden Eagles.

Clarion followed its win Friday with a 3-0 victory over Gannon on Saturday.

The win improved Clarion’s record to 15-12 overall, while going 11-4 in the PSAC West.

Clarion won the first set 25-20, with Olson, Braunagel, and Biggs all chipping in timely kills to lead the Golden Eagles.

The Golden Eagles dominated the second set, with Braunagel adding three kills, and Robertson and Cox adding one each.

Olson and Herold also chipped in one kill each to lead the Golden Eagles to a 25-13 set victory.

Clarion finished Gannon 25-18 in the third set to secure the game victory.

Biggs had a monster third set, adding six kills that included the set winner.

Clarion has now shaken off a rocky start to improve its PSAC play.

When asked about it, Cox said, “We have had a rough start trying to figure out the missing piece of the puzzle. We take a step back and look at what we could have done better after each game. While doing that we find something new to work on as a team. Our team is young, but we come into practice every day only wanting to get better for each other. I think we have finally connected and know what we are capable of, which is important as we go into the rest of our season.”

Clarion has played its past 21 out of 22 games on the road, and will be back at Tippin Gymnasium for a seven-game home stand starting Friday, Oct. 30 against Slippery Rock.

The team is glad to be back home Cox said, “It’s definitely been exhausting always being on the road and traveling to compete. We are all so excited to finally have some home games. It has been a while since we played in the gym filled with the people who want to come and watch. The loud and supportive atmosphere they give us will be key in finishing strong for the rest of PSAC play.”

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