Clarion volleyball takes down IUP

It was a busy and eventful week for the Clarion Women’s volleyball team, as the Golden Eagles battled against a trio of teams in the last five days.volleyball-online

Slippery Rock, Edinboro and IUP all got a shot at the homebound Golden Eagles, and Clarion finished with mixed results in each game.

Clarion swept Slippery Rock on Oct. 30 in impressive fashion, but would find themselves on the losing side of the spectrum the very next day against Edinboro.

Clarion started off in high-flying fashion by sweeping the Rock 3-0. Led by sophomore Taylor Braunagel and her nine kills, the Golden Eagles started off the first match strong and outlasted Slippery Rock 25-18.

Clarion would get right back on the attack in the second match, gaining an early 14-2 lead before burying the Rock 25-7.

The third match would follow the same pattern, with Clarion securing the match by a set of 25-11.

In addition to Braunagel, Kaley Pittsley also had a big game for the Golden Eagles, recording 35 assists and 10 digs, with Morgan Seybold chipping in 25 digs.

But the good times wouldn’t last long for Clarion, as they would be dealt the sting of defeat by the Edinboro Fighting Scots 3-1 the following night.

Edinboro controlled much of the first half of the match, winning the first two sets by scores of 25-23 and 25-21 respectively.

A resilient Clarion team would not admit defeat, however, and would fight back to capture the third set 25-21.

Despite another slew of strong performances by Braunagel, who recorded 14 kills, and Pittsley, who had 40 set assists, it wasn’t enough to put away the number one team in the PSAC-West, as the Fighting Scots would go on and finish the Golden Eagles off by a score of 25-21.

Tuesday would see Clarion return to their winning ways with another impressive sweep over the likes of the IUP Crimson Hawks.

The opening match started off with each team exchanging blows before the Golden Eagles took off and won the set 25-19.

The following match followed the same pattern, with Clarion snagging the win by the same score of 25-19.

They would finish the Crimson Hawks in the third and final match, gaining a huge early lead of 17-6 before going on to clinch the match 25-17.

Braunagel shined again with 11 kills, Pittsley had 33 assists and Seybold added 19 digs.

In addition, Clarion had key contributions from Marissa Robertson with nine kills, Abbey Cox with seven kills and four blocks and Mackenzie Biggs with six kills and four blocks.

With the win, Clarion becomes tied with the Gannon Golden Knights for second place in the PSAC-West with identical records of 13-5.

Clarion returns to action Friday, Nov. 6, as it takes on third place Seton Hill at Tippin Gymnasium.Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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