This past week, the Clarion Golden Eagles women’s volleyball team competed in three games, winning only one.
The team travelled to Findlay, Ohio for a doubleheader. The first contest was against Findlay, where the Golden Eagles were swept 3-0 by the scores of 25-17, 25-18 and 25-23. Junior outside hitter Taylor Braunagel led the squad with 12 kills and two blocks. Sophomore middle hitter Olivia Olson and senior right-side hitter Mackenzie Biggs each had four kills.
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In the second game, the Golden Eagles took on Hillsdale. The ladies had an early lead, winning the first set by a score of 25-21. In the second set they fell 25-15, and then dropped the third and fourth set by scores of 25-21 and 25-13. Biggs lead the team in kills for the contest with 11 along with four blocks. Braunagel contributed nine kills and one block in the game. Sophomores Lauryn Driscoll and Marissa Robertson each had seven kills. Driscoll also had four blocks while Robertson produced three.
The Golden Eagles were back in action on Saturday in Findlay to have its last matchup of the tournament as they took on Ohio Dominican. Clarion grabbed an early edge winning the first set 25-20. They then followed up by dropping the second set by a seven-point margin 25-18. After splitting the first two sets, Clarion was able to top Ohio Dominican in the ever important third set 25-19. Then they were able to clinch the game by winning the fourth set 25-20. In this game, Robertson led the Golden Eagles with 17 kills while adding one block. Braunagel had 12 kills, three blocks along with two aces. Freshman Golden Eagle middle hitter Julia Holden had a great game with 10 kills and one block.
With this win, the Golden Eagles improved to 3-4 on the season. On picking up the win in the final game of the tournament, head coach Jennifer Mills said, “It was definitely a good win for us. The past two weekends, we’ve seen some really tough competition matched with a lot of youth in our program. We are hoping that this tough preseason schedule will prepare us for the grind of conference play.”
Mills continued, “We’ve really done some good things on the court, but have been inconsistent throughout the duration of the match. The competition has really provided us with a vision for the specific pieces that need the most work. We know that training is a process and the girls are working hard to get better each day and bring with them a slightly different outlook when dealing with adversity.”
Tomorrow, Sept. 16, the Golden Eagles will head to West Virginia for four games in the Wheeling Jesuit tournament. Mills said on the tournament this weekend, “The biggest key is bringing the mentality of competing at a high level each play despite the situation. The goal is to be more consistent than we have the previous two weekends.”