Golden Eagles defeats Gannon in playoffs

This past weekend, the Clarion Golden Eagles volleyball team finished out its regular season with two home games at Tippin Gymnasium.

The first was on Friday when it faced Gannon University.

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Paige Newcomb / The Clarion Call A Clarion players goes up for a spike against Mercyhurst.

Clarion won the first set 25-19, the second set 25-22 and the final set of the match 25-18 to complete the sweep.

For the Golden Eagles, junior Mackenzie Biggs lead the team with 14 kills.

Meanwhile, freshman Marissa Robertson tailed 10 kills in the match along with nine digs.

Sophomores Taylor Braunagel and Gabrielle Olson each contributed nine kills in the match.

In the final match of the regular season, the Golden Eagles took on Mercyhurst University on Senior Day, and were defeated in three sets.

Before the game, seniors Abbey Cox, Morgan Seybold and Jocelyn Uchic were honored.

Clarion lost the first set to the Lakers 25-22.

They dropped the second in another close set 26-24.

The final set in the match was 25-18.

This match was on Senior Day and Cox lead the team with nine kills.

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Paige Newcomb / The Clarion Call Clarion’s seniors are honored at Senior Day.

Olson and Braunagel each had eight kills in the match.

Biggs also chipped in with seven kills.

The Golden Eagles clinched a playoff berth in the PSAC conference championship.

Clarion played in the quarterfinals this Tuesday when it hosted at Tippin Gymnasium as a two seed in the west against the third seed in the west, Gannon.

The match had similar results to the matchup on Friday as Clarion was able to sweep Golden Knights once again.

The Golden Eagles won the first set 28-26.

In the second set, they edged out Gannon 25-23.

In the final set of quarterfinal action, the Golden Eagles topped the Golden Knights by the score of 25-23 once again and advanced to the semifinals of the PSAC conference championship.

Robertson led the way in the contest with 13 kills.

Biggs added 12 kills in the match.

Olson and Braunagel once again finished tied in kills as each had nine.

The Golden Eagles will be back in action Friday as they face the no.1 seed in the east Pitt-Johnstown.

Clarion pulled out the victory in the only matchup this season in five sets when it won three sets to two.

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